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nervous system

noun

Simple Definition of nervous system

  • : the system of nerves in your body that sends messages for controlling movement and feeling between the brain and the other parts of the body

Full Definition of nervous system

  1. :  the bodily system that in vertebrates is made up of the brain and spinal cord, nerves, ganglia, and parts of the receptor organs and that receives and interprets stimuli and transmits impulses to the effector organs — compare central nervous systemautonomic nervous system, peripheral nervous system

1726

First Known Use of nervous system

1726


NERVOUS SYSTEM Defined for Kids

nervous system

noun

Definition of nervous system

  1. :  a system of the body that in vertebrates includes the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and sense organs and receives, interprets, and responds to stimuli from inside and outside the body




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nervous system

noun

Medical Definition of nervous system

  1. :  the bodily system that in vertebrates is made up of the brain and spinal cord, nerves, ganglia, and parts of the receptor organs and that receives and interprets stimuli and transmits impulses to the effector organs—see autonomic nervous system, central nervous system, peripheral nervous system




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