Running downward or toward the periphery. SYN: descendens. [L. de-scendo, pp. -scensus, to come down, fr. scando, to climb]

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de·scend·ing 'dē-.sen-diŋ, di-' adj
1) moving or directed downward <\descending infection from the kidney (Therapeutic Notes)>
2) being a nerve, nerve fiber, or nerve tract that carries nerve impulses in a direction away from the central nervous system: EFFERENT, MOTOR <the \descending branch of a nerve>

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des·cend·ing (de-sendґing) [L. descendere to go down] extending inferiorly.

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