nervous system

noun

Definition of nervous system 

: the bodily system that in vertebrates is made up of the brain and spinal cord, nerves, ganglia, and parts of the receptor organs and that receives and interprets stimuli and transmits impulses to the effector organs — see autonomic nervous system, central nervous system, peripheral nervous system

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Lead is a neurotoxin that damages the brain and nervous system, potentially delaying cognitive development and causing behavioral problems. Ahmed Elbenni, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mayor Tom Barrett has nominated a new Health Department commissioner. Here are the problems facing the agency," 12 July 2018 Lead poisoning can affect the brain and nervous system and can cause learning and behavior problems. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Ballfield at sports complex will remain closed until lead is removed," 2 July 2018 One of the most common is Lyme disease, which can severely impact the joints, heart and nervous system. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Tick season: what you need to know about ticks and how to remove them," 23 May 2018 These included cancers of the prostate (which declined by an average of 7.6% per year), lung and bronchus (2.4%), larynx (2.3%), colon and rectum (1.9%), esophagus (1.6%), bladder (0.8%) and brain and nervous system (0.2%). Karen Kaplan, latimes.com, "The death rate from cancer is falling for American men, women and children of all backgrounds," 22 May 2018 The virus is transmitted when infected saliva of a mammal is passed to an uninfected animal, or through brain or nervous system tissue, according to the CDC. Brittany Britto, baltimoresun.com, "Explainer: On groundhogs, rabies and what we know (and don't know) about Carroll's rodents," 9 May 2018 The trailblazing Spanish neuroscientist (1852–1934) won a Nobel Prize in 1906 for his research on the brain and nervous system. BostonGlobe.com, "Five things to do, April 30-May 6," 27 Apr. 2018 His first shuttle mission was as pilot of STS-90 in 1998, which was the Neurolab mission to study microgravity effects on the brain and nervous system. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Shuttle-era astronauts join Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center," 23 Apr. 2018 Your gastrointestinal tract is directly wired to the nervous system, explains Dr. Mullin. Jill Provost, Woman's Day, "End Digestive Problems for Good," 21 May 2012

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nervous system

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nervous system

: the system of nerves in your body that sends messages for controlling movement and feeling between the brain and the other parts of the body

nervous system

noun

Kids Definition of nervous system

: a system of the body that in vertebrates includes the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and sense organs and receives, interprets, and responds to stimuli from inside and outside the body

nervous system

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Medical Definition of nervous system 

: the bodily system that in vertebrates is made up of the brain and spinal cord, nerves, ganglia, and parts of the receptor organs and that receives and interprets stimuli and transmits impulses to the effector organs — see autonomic nervous system, central nervous system, peripheral nervous system

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