Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan


  • John BigbeeEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_314




Anatomical term which indicates functional directionality. In nervous tissue, efferent is often used synonymously with motor when it refers to nerves carrying impulses out of the central nervous system to initiate muscle contraction. Efferent can also be used in general to refer to any connection emanating from a structure within the nervous system. The opposite direction of conduction is afferent.

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  1. Purves, D., et al. (Eds.). (2012). Neuroscience (5th ed.). Sunderland: Sinauer Associates.Google Scholar

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  1. 1.Anatomy and NeurobiologyVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA