deferent
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈdɛfəɹənt/
Adjective

deferent

  1. Showing deference.
  2. (obsolete) Serving to carry; bearing.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      Bodies deferent.
Related terms Noun

deferent (plural deferents)

  1. (anatomy) A deferent duct in the body, as opposed to an afferent one.
  2. (obsolete) That which carries or conveys.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      though air be the most favorable deferent of sounds
  3. (obsolete, Ptolemaic astronomy) An imaginary circle surrounding the Earth, in whose periphery either the heavenly body or the centre of the heavenly body's epicycle was supposed to be carried round.



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