deferent

1
[ def-er-uh nt ]
/ ˈdɛf ər ənt /

adjective

marked by or showing deference: She was always deferent to her elders.

Origin of deferent

1
First recorded in 1815–25; defer2 + -ent

Definition for deferent (2 of 2)

deferent

2
[ def-er-uh nt ]
/ ˈdɛf ər ənt /

adjective Anatomy.

conveying away; efferent.
of or relating to the vas deferens.

noun

Astronomy. (in the Ptolemaic system) the circle around the earth in which a celestial body or the center of the epicycle of its orbit was thought to move.

Origin of deferent

2
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin dēferent- (stem of dēferēns), present participle of dēferre. See defer2, -ent
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British Dictionary definitions for deferent (1 of 2)

deferent

1
/ (ˈdɛfərənt) /

adjective

another word for deferential

British Dictionary definitions for deferent (2 of 2)

deferent

2
/ (ˈdɛfərənt) /

adjective

(esp of a bodily nerve, vessel, or duct) conveying an impulse, fluid, etc, outwards, down, or away; efferent

noun

astronomy (in the Ptolemaic system) a circle centred on the earth around which the centre of the epicycle was thought to move

Word Origin for deferent

C17: from Latin dēferre; see defer ²
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Medicine definitions for deferent

deferent

[ dĕfər-ənt, dĕfrənt ]

adj.

Carrying down or away, as a duct or vessel.
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