Definitions of afferent
  1. adjective
    of nerves and nerve impulses; conveying sensory information from the sense organs to the CNS
    afferent nerves”
    afferent impulses”
    centripetal, receptive, sensory
    of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the central nervous system
    corticipetal, corticoafferent
    of a nerve fiber or impulse originating outside and passing toward the cerebral cortex
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    efferent, motorial
    of nerves and nerve impulses; conveying information away from the CNS
    centrifugal, motor
    conveying information to the muscles from the CNS
    corticifugal, corticoefferent, corticofugal
    of a nerve fiber passing outward from the cerebral cortex
    relating to a nerve fiber or impulse passing toward motor effectors
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  2. noun
    a nerve that passes impulses from receptors toward or to the central nervous system
    synonyms: afferent nerve, sensory nerve
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    dorsal horn, dorsal root
    one of the two roots of a spinal nerve that passes dorsally to the spinal cord and that consists of sensory fibers
    fillet, lemniscus
    a bundle of sensory nerve fibers going to the thalamus
    type of:
    nerve, nervus
    any bundle of nerve fibers running to various organs and tissues of the body
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