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Deferent - Astrology Encyclopedia

Definition of Deferent In Ptolemaic astronomy, an imaginary orbit pursued by a celestial body, around which another body moved in an epicycle (q.v.). A deferent was employed in conditions wherein the natural motion of the body was not involved. The term reflects the fact that Ptolemy was ignorant of the Earth's motion.

(Nicholas deVore - Encyclopedia of Astrology)

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