[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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Examples from the Web for efferent
There are two divisions of nerves, the afferent and efferent.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle
U.S. Department of Agriculture
They all have to use the efferent, especially the motor, nerves of the body.
The boy who had had to stay in a therapeutic chair all his life because his efferent nerves could not control his body.Anything You Can Do ...
Gordon Randall Garrett
The distal portions of the postcardinal veins form the efferent renal branches and the ascending trunks of the postcava.The Anatomy of the Human Peritoneum and Abdominal Cavity
George. S. Huntington
The blood is collected from the walls of the gill-sacs by a series of efferent vessels which open into the dorsal aorta.
- 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
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Word Origin and History for efferent
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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