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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Recent Examples on the Web This one has ibotenic acid and muscimol, which act on the central nervous system. Popular Science, "From the death cap to the alcohol inky: seven poisonous mushrooms you definitely don’t want to eat," 11 Mar. 2020 This one has ibotenic acid and muscimol, which act on the central nervous system. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "7 Poisonous Mushrooms and What Happens if You Eat Them," 9 Mar. 2020 Octopuses, with their central nervous systems and brains distributed across eight limbs, have managed cunning escapes from their tanks. Melissa Chan, Time, "Pets Are Part of Our Families. Now They’re Part of Our Divorces, Too," 22 Jan. 2020 Stretching and deep breathing can do wonders for calming the central nervous system. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "How to Stay Calm in Stressful Situations," 6 Apr. 2020 The Food and Drug Administration approved the oral drug Vumerity to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis, a serious chronic disease that affects the central nervous system. BostonGlobe.com, "“It’s important for people with MS to have treatments that are both efficacious and tolerable to help manage their disease,” said Bruce Bebo, executive vice president of research for the nonprofit National Multiple Sclerosis Society.," 31 Oct. 2019 Chronic gastrointestinal inflammation induces anxiety-like behavior and alters central nervous system biochemistry in mice. Enea Rezzonico, Scientific American, "Nestlé's research on nutrition and the human gut microbiome," 17 Feb. 2015 According to Mithoff, the 2-year-old suffered a brain injury that affects the central nervous system and is similar to a stroke. CBS News, "Girl struck by foul ball at Astros-Cubs game has permanent brain injury, lawyer says," 8 Jan. 2020 The Food and Drug Administration approved the oral drug Vumerity to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis, a serious chronic disease that affects the central nervous system. Jonathan Saltzman — Boston Globe, STAT, "New MS drug from Biogen and Alkermes wins approval," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of central nervous system

1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Central nervous system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/central%20nervous%20system. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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