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Conducting or conducted inwards or towards something (for nerves, the central nervous system; for blood vessels, the organ supplied).The opposite of efferent
- ‘Hypoxia could disturb respiratory afferent pathways and neural processing at more than one level.’
- ‘In addition, the dorsal central column of primary afferent fibers within the spinal cord appears susceptible to the inhibitory effects of hypoxia in rats.’
- ‘Cough is mediated by the interaction of sensory afferent nerves, central cough reflexes, and local axon reflexes.’
- ‘Sensory systems are generally presumed to convey peripheral afferent signals to the central nervous system with a high degree of fidelity.’
- ‘There is increasing support for the idea that in asthma the efferent and afferent nerve fibers may be changed in their capacity to be stimulated.’
An afferent nerve fibre or vessel.
- ‘These afferents bypass the olfactory neuropil in the antennal lobe to project into the antennal mechanosensory and motor centers.’
- ‘In addition, cholinergic afferents can be stimulated by a variety of mediators involved in allergen-induced airway inflammation.’
- ‘Muscle receptor afferents are involved in the level and timing of respiratory activity.’
- ‘It may also be the site of projection of proprioceptive afferents from the respiratory muscles and chest wall.’
- ‘Proprioceptor afferents project to the phrenic motor neurons and affect their firing rate.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin afferent- ‘bringing towards’, from the verb afferre, from ad- ‘to’ + ferre ‘bring’.
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