Adjective "afferent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Conducting or conducted inwards or towards something (for nerves, the central nervous system; for blood vessels, the organ supplied).
  1. 'Hypoxia could disturb respiratory afferent pathways and neural processing at more than one level.'
  2. 'Sensory systems are generally presumed to convey peripheral afferent signals to the central nervous system with a high degree of fidelity.'


An afferent nerve fibre or vessel.
  1. 'It may also be the site of projection of proprioceptive afferents from the respiratory muscles and chest wall.'
  2. 'Proprioceptor afferents project to the phrenic motor neurons and affect their firing rate.'


1. bringing to or leading toward an organ or part, as a nerve or arteriole (opposed to efferent). noun

2. a nerve carrying a message toward the central nervous system.

More examples(as adjective)

"fibres can be afferent."

"limbs can be afferent."

"neuroneses can be afferent."

"nerves can be afferent."

"blockades can be afferent."

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Mid 19th century: from Latin afferent- ‘bringing towards’, from the verb afferre, from ad- ‘to’ + ferre ‘bring’.