deferent

1
[def-er-uh nt]

Origin of deferent

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

deferent

2
[def-er-uh nt]
adjective Anatomy.
  1. conveying away; efferent.
  2. of or relating to the vas deferens.
noun
  1. 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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deferent

1
adjective
  1. another word for deferential

deferent

2
adjective
  1. (esp of a bodily nerve, vessel, or duct) conveying an impulse, fluid, etc, outwards, down, or away; efferent
noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for deferent
adj.

1620s, from French déférent (16c.), from Latin deferentem (nominative deferens), present participle of deferre "to carry down or away" (see defer (v.2)). Earlier in Middle English as a word in astronomy (early 15c.).

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deferent in Medicine

deferent

[dĕfər-ənt, dĕfrənt]
adj.
  1. Carrying down or away, as a duct or vessel.
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