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Definition of Efferent

Efferent: Carrying away. For example, an artery is an efferent vessel that carries blood away from the heart, and an efferent nerve carries impulses away from the central nervous system. The opposite of efferent is afferent.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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