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deferent

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[ def-er-uhnt ]
/ ˈdɛf ər ənt /
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adjective
marked by or showing deference: She was always deferent to her elders.
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Origin of deferent

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First recorded in 1815–25; defer2 + -ent

Other definitions for deferent (2 of 2)

deferent2
[ def-er-uhnt ]
/ 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

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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)

deferent1
/ (ˈdɛfərənt) /

adjective
another word for deferential

British Dictionary definitions for deferent (2 of 2)

deferent2
/ (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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Medical definitions for deferent

deferent
[ dĕfər-ənt, dĕfrənt ]

adj.
Carrying down or away, as a duct or vessel.
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