[ef-er-uh nt]Anatomy, Physiology
- conveying or conducting away from an organ or part (opposed to afferent).
- an efferent part, as a nerve or blood vessel.
Origin of efferent
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- carrying or conducting outwards from a part or an organ of the body, esp from the brain or spinal cordCompare afferent
C19: from Latin efferre to bear off, from ferre to bear
Word Origin and History for efference
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Directed away from a central organ or section.
- An efferent organ or body part, such as a blood vessel.
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- Carrying motor impulses away from a central organ or part, as a nerve that conducts impulses from the central nervous system to the periphery of the body. Compare afferent.
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