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

Examples of central nervous system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first is whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus can attack cells of the central nervous system. Los Angeles Times, "Scientists see path for the coronavirus to invade the brain," 5 May 2021 Think of decisioning as the brain and central nervous system of your business. Bill Waid, Forbes, "The Anatomy Of A Digital Decision," 21 Apr. 2021 Hierarchies reproduce the natural organization of animal anatomy, with its specialized organs and central nervous system. Max Norman, Outside Online, "What Plants Can Teach Us About Politics," 13 Apr. 2021 That is not for sure because the virus can remain present in other places in the body (mainly in the central nervous system). Esther Nakkazi, CNN, "Scientists probe whether West Africa's recent Ebola outbreak was from man who survived epidemic five years ago," 26 Mar. 2021 The data scientist has Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS), a condition that affects the central nervous system. refinery29.com, "Chronic Illness Prepared Them For The Pandemic. What Happens When It's Over?," 7 Apr. 2021 The vaccine would instruct the immune system to produce antibodies against fentanyl in the blood, so when the drug is in the system, the antibodies would block it from crossing from the blood into the central nervous system, Ofer Levy said. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Can a new vaccine prevent opioid overdoses?," 22 Mar. 2021 Given their complexity, the researchers believe the animals likely had the genetic building blocks responsible for the formation of heads and sensory organs that could form a central nervous system. Tim Childers, Popular Mechanics, "Humans Share Genes With Weird Headless Creatures," 19 Mar. 2021 The sweet scent of anti-freeze is attractive to dogs and if even a small amount is licked can cause kidney failure, damage to the central nervous system and death. Iris Katz, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Pet Wise: Keeping pets safe during winter weather," 20 Feb. 2021

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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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