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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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 The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system, while the nerves running from them form the peripheral nervous system. Lynn Peterson Mobley, Washington Post, "My athletic husband stumbled. He was tired. He had a disease we’d never heard of.," 8 July 2018 His central nervous system was smothered by tumors. John Canzano, OregonLive.com, "Canzano: How Portland lands a Major League Baseball team... expansion to relocation and back," 5 June 2018 Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, affects the central nervous system of not only deer but moose and elk, and can cause disorientation, emaciation, excessive drinking, drooling and urination. Fox News, "Spread of chronic wasting disease prompts states to consider new rules for hunters," 23 May 2018 Depressants like alcohol and benzodiazepines have particularly high fatality rates when mixed with opioids, as all three substances depress the central nervous system. Sarah Beller, Teen Vogue, "What You Should Know About Drug Cocktailing," 17 May 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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