central nervous system

noun

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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As the body temperature increases very rapidly, the central nervous system and circulatory system are impacted. Katherine Harmon, Scientific American, "How Does a Heat Wave Affect the Human Body?," 23 July 2010 Among them is the possibility that cancer, and/or its treatment, somehow knocks the immune system off balance and unleashes a toxic flood of inflammatory agents upon the central nervous system. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 16 June 2018 This effort will take decades, given the byzantine complexity of the central nervous system. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "What Is Consciousness?," 8 May 2018 The fluid also helps to remove waste products from the brain and distribute nutrients and other substances throughout the central nervous system, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Woman's runny nose was actually fluid from inside her brain," 8 May 2018 At some point in their treatment for cancer, between 17 and 75 percent of patients with malignancies that don’t affect the central nervous system report the sensation that a mental fog has set in. Melissa Healy, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 16 June 2018 At some point in their treatment for cancer, somewhere between 17% and 75% of patients with malignancies that don’t affect the central nervous system report the sensation that a mental fog has set in. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "What causes ‘chemobrain’? It’s time for neuroscientists to get serious about finding out, experts say," 13 June 2018 Salmon contains a crucial compound called docosahexaenoic acid that helps maintain the central nervous system, not to mention all of the boosts this fish gives your heart and metabolism. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Good Housekeeping, "Why Salmon Needs to Become a Part of Your Diet ASAP," 27 Mar. 2018 Doctors decided to take an x-ray of her spine which revealed a large round object nestled in her spine blocking her central nervous system. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Her legs were tingling. Then, doctors pulled a tapeworm out of her spine," 13 July 2018

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1826, in the meaning defined above

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central nervous system

noun

English Language Learners Definition of central nervous system

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

central nervous system

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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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