Physiol. bringing inward to a central part; specif., designating nerves that transmit impulses to the central nervous system, as to the brain
Origin of afferent; from Classical Latin afferens, present participle of afferre ; from ad-, to + ferre, to bear
an afferent nerve, duct, etc.
Carrying inward to a central organ or section, as nerves that conduct impulses from the periphery of the body to the brain or spinal cord.
Origin of afferentLatin affer&emacron;ns, afferent-, present participle of afferre, to bring toward : ad-, ad- + ferre, to bring; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Carrying towards.
- An afferent nerve carries impulses from the body to the brain.
- An afferent structure or connection