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afferent

af·fer·ent

afferent

 
pronunciation:
ae f rnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition: bearing or leading toward a central organ or part, as nerves that conduct impulses to the spinal column or as veins that carry blood to the heart.
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The word afferent contains the following parts:
af- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix af- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "f," such as fil1 and fix. See ad-.
fer, lat2, -late Latin root that means carry, bring
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See also -iferous and -fic