from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Directed away from a central organ or section.
- adj. Carrying impulses from the central nervous system to an effector.
- n. An efferent organ or body part, such as a blood vessel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Carrying away from.
- n. A duct or stream that carries away.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Conveying outward, or discharging; -- applied to certain blood vessels, lymphatics, nerves, etc.
- adj. Conveyed outward; ; -- opposed to
- n. An efferent duct or stream.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Conveying outward or away; deferent: as, the efferent nerves, which convey a nervous impulse from the ganglionic center outward to the muscles or other active tissue.
- n. In anatomy and physiology, a vessel or nerve which conveys outward.
- n. A river flowing from and bearing away the waters of a lake.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a nerve that conveys impulses toward or to muscles or glands
- adj. of nerves and nerve impulses; conveying information away from the CNS
From Latin efferēns, efferent-, present participle of efferre, to carry off : ex-, ex- + ferre, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin efferēns, present active participle of efferō ("bring or carry out"), from ē ("out of"), short form of ex, + ferō ("carry, bear"). (Wiktionary)