Afferent meaning

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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.
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(physiol.) Bringing inward to a central part; specif., designating nerves that transmit impulses to the central nervous system, as to the brain.
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An afferent nerve, duct, etc.
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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.
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Carrying sensory information toward a central organ or part, as a nerve that conducts impulses from the periphery of the body to the central nervous system.
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Carrying towards.

An afferent nerve carries impulses from the body to the brain.

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An afferent structure or connection.
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Origin of afferent

  • Latin afferēns afferent- present participle of afferre to bring toward ad- ad- ferre to bring bher-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin adferens (“bringing to”), present participle of adferre (“to bring to”), from ad (“to, toward”) + ferre (“to carry, bear”).

    From Wiktionary