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Meaning of deferent

def•er•ent

Pronunciation: (def'ur-unt), [key]
— adj.
  1. marked by or showing deference: She was always deferent to her elders.

def•er•ent

Pronunciation: (def'ur-unt), [key]
— adj. Anat.
  1. conveying away; efferent.
  2. of or pertaining to the vas deferens.
—n.
  1. (in the Ptolemaic system) the circle around the earth in which a celestial body or the center of the epicycle of its orbit was thought to move.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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