central nervous system

noun
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of central nervous system

: the part of the nervous system which in vertebrates consists of the brain and spinal cord, to which sensory impulses are transmitted and from which motor impulses pass out, and which coordinates the activity of the entire nervous system — compare peripheral nervous system

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First Known Use of central nervous system

1826


CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM Defined for English Language Learners

central nervous system

noun

Definition of central nervous system for English Language Learners

  • : the part of the nervous system that includes the brain and spinal cord


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central nervous system

noun

medical Definition of central nervous system

: the part of the nervous system which in vertebrates consists of the brain and spinal cord, to which sensory impulses are transmitted and from which motor impulses pass out, and which supervises and coordinates the activity of the entire nervous system — compare autonomic nervous system, peripheral nervous system

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