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/ˈefərənt/ Adjective 1. Moving or carrying outward or away from a central part. Refers to vessels, nerves, etc. For example: blood vessels carrying blood away from the heart or nerves carrying signals from the brain. (   Noun 2. A duct or stream that carries away. ( 3. An efferent part (as a blood vessel or nerve fiber). ( 4. A nerve that conveys impulses toward or to muscles or glands. ( Word origin: 1827, from Latin efferentem (nominative efferens), present participle of effere “to carry out or away, bring forth,” from ef– (see ex-) + ferre “to bear, carry” (see...

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