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EFFERENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does efferent mean? 

EFFERENT (noun)
  The noun EFFERENT has 1 sense:

1. a nerve that conveys impulses toward or to muscles or glands

  Familiarity information: EFFERENT used as a noun is very rare.


EFFERENT (adjective)
  The adjective EFFERENT has 1 sense:

1. of nerves and nerve impulses; conveying information away from the CNS

  Familiarity information: EFFERENT used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EFFERENT (noun)


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Meaning:

A nerve that conveys impulses toward or to muscles or glands

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

efferent; efferent nerve; motor nerve

Hypernyms ("efferent" is a kind of...):

nerve; nervus (any bundle of nerve fibers running to various organs and tissues of the body)

Meronyms (parts of "efferent"):

efferent neuron; motoneuron; motor nerve fiber; motor neuron (a neuron conducting impulses outwards from the brain or spinal cord)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "efferent"):

corticospinal tract; pyramidal motor system; pyramidal tract (any of the important motor nerves on each side of the central nervous system that run from the sensorimotor areas of the cortex through the brainstem to motor neurons of the cranial nerve nuclei and the ventral horn of the spinal cord)


EFFERENT (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of nerves and nerve impulses; conveying information away from the CNS

Synonyms:

efferent; motorial

Context example:

efferent nerves and impulses

Similar:

centrifugal; motor (conveying information to the muscles from the CNS)

corticifugal; corticoefferent; corticofugal (of a nerve fiber passing outward from the cerebral cortex)

neuromotor (relating to a nerve fiber or impulse passing toward motor effectors)

Domain category:

physiology (the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms)

Antonym:

afferent (of nerves and nerve impulses; conveying sensory information from the sense organs to the CNS)


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