Deferent definition

dĕfər-ənt, dĕfrənt
Showing deference; deferential.
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(anatomy) Carrying down or away. Used of a duct or vessel.
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Serving or adapted to carry or transport.
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Carrying down or out.
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(anat.) Of or relating to the vas deferens.
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(anatomy) Carrying down or away. Used of a duct or vessel.
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Serving or adapted to carry or transport.
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Showing deference.
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(obsolete) That which carries or conveys.
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(obsolete, Ptolemaic astronomy) An imaginary circle surrounding the Earth, in whose periphery either the heavenly body or the centre of the heavenly body's epicycle was supposed to be carried round.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
deferent
Plural:
deferents

Origin of deferent

  • Middle English defferent from Latin dēferēns dēferent- present participle of dēferre to carry away defer2

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

  • From French déférent, from Latin dēferēns, dēferentis.

    From Wiktionary