- bringing to or leading toward an organ or part, as a nerve or arteriole (opposed to efferent).
- a nerve carrying a message toward the central nervous system.
Origin of afferent
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It is the latter or afferent function with which we are now concerned.Second Sight
There are two divisions of nerves, the afferent and efferent.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle
U.S. Department of Agriculture
In some cases ligation of the afferent vessels has been successful.Manual of Surgery
Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
The lesions of the arteriosclerotic kidney are due to narrowing and eventual obstruction of the afferent vessels.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:
Louis Marshall Warfield
Branchial hearts are formed on the afferent vessels of the branchiae.
- bringing or directing inwards to a part or an organ of the body, esp towards the brain or spinal cordCompare efferent
C19: from Latin afferre to carry to, from ad- to + ferre to carry
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- Carrying inward to a central organ or section, as nerves that conduct impulses from the periphery of the body to the brain or spinal cord.
- An afferent organ or body part, such as a blood vessel.
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- Carrying sensory information toward a central organ or part, as a nerve that conducts impulses from the periphery of the body to the central nervous system. Compare efferent.
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