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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Several years ago, Lorimer started experiencing symptoms of multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system that interferes with signals between the brain and the body. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "After leading it to worldwide exposure, Sarah Lorimer sells Alaska Fighting Championship," 15 June 2019 Drinking water with high levels of TTHM over long periods of time can increase the rate of particular ailments such as cancer and liver, kidney and central nervous system problems. Raquel Baier, azcentral, "Excessive contaminant in water resolved, say Chandler officials," 4 June 2019 This disease may affect the jaw, central nervous system, bowel, kidneys, ovaries, or other organs. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Why is "Dance Moms" Star Abby Lee Miller in a Wheelchair?," 10 June 2019 An infected person can experience other complications, like diarrhea, pneumonia, or a especially severe condition called encephalitis, which is an infection in the central nervous system and the brain. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Measles Signs in Kids Every Parent Needs to Know About," 3 Apr. 2019 Long term exposure to chemicals in air fresheners can cause damage to the lungs, kidneys, central nervous system, and can even alter the body's hormones, which increases an individuals risk of cancer and can cause reproductive issues. Lindsey Campbell, House Beautiful, "19 Dangerous Household Items You Should Quit Using Immediately," 15 Feb. 2019 In rare and severe cases, though, larval infections can migrate outside the intestine, even reaching the brain or central nervous system. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "How Parasites Can Lie Dormant for Years Before Killing You," 6 Nov. 2018 And both children died — on the same week in November 2016 — after receiving similar chemotherapy and other treatments that failed to stop the cancer from spreading to their brains and central nervous systems. Daniel Chang, miamiherald, "'They killed my kid.' Parents sue renowned doctor, hospital after children die of cancer | Miami Herald," 21 May 2018 Others include Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, which makes cannabinoids for neuropsychiatric conditions; Insys Therapeutics, for pain-management in cancer patients; and Therapix Biosciences, for central nervous system disorders. Paul Sullivan, New York Times, "As States Legalize Marijuana, Investors See an Opportunity," 26 Jan. 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

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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