afference

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Adjective form of afferent, from French afférent (which brings inward), from Latin afferent-, from afferēns, present participle of afferre (bring to), from af- (variant of ad-) + ferre (bear). Doublet of afferentia.

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afference (countable and uncountable, plural afferences)

  1. (biology) The brain’s reception of signals from the body.
    • 1984, Oliver Sacks, “The Disembodied Lady”, chapter 3 in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Reset 2007), page 53:
      Christina had lost this normal inflow, this afference, had lost her normal proprioceptive vocal tone and posture, and therefore had to use her ears, auditory feedback, instead.

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