from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Carrying towards.
- n. An afferent structure or connection
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Bearing or conducting inwards to a part or organ; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Bringing; carrying to or toward; conveying inward.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of nerves and nerve impulses; conveying sensory information from the sense organs to the CNS
- n. a nerve that passes impulses from receptors toward or to the central nervous system
Latin afferēns, afferent-, present participle of afferre, to bring toward : ad-, ad- + ferre, to bring; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin adferens ("bringing to"), present participle of adferre ("to bring to"), from ad ("to, toward") + ferre ("to carry, bear"). (Wiktionary)