[ ef-er-uh nt ]
/ ˈɛf ər ənt /
conveying or conducting away from an organ or part (opposed to afferent).
an efferent part, as a nerve or blood vessel.
Origin of efferent
Related formsef·fer·ence, nounef·fer·ent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedafferent efferent
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British Dictionary definitions for efference
/ (ˈɛfərənt) /
carrying or conducting outwards from a part or an organ of the body, esp from the brain or spinal cordCompare afferent
Derived Formsefference, nounefferently, adverb
Word Origin for efferent
C19: from Latin efferre to bear off, from ferre to bear
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Medicine definitions for efference
[ ĕf′ər-ənt ]
Directed away from a central organ or section.
An efferent organ or body part, such as a blood vessel.
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Science definitions for efference
[ ĕf′ər-ənt ]
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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