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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View Sample Sign Up Now When used in animals, the drugs kill off pests by harming the insects’ nervous systems. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, "How a Drug For Pets May Help Prevent Zika and Malaria," 2 July 2018 Long linked to animal deaths, high doses of the toxins in humans can cause liver damage and attack the nervous system. Tom James, chicagotribune.com, "Warming drives spread of toxic algae in U.S., researchers say," 22 June 2018 In a product called Sleep, a loose-leaf tea from Teasäne, chamomile is just one of several herbs used for similar properties: alfalfa for balancing hormones and relieving anxiety; lemon verbena to relax the nervous system. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Better sleep requires a better routine, and perhaps an upgrade to your pillows and PJs," 31 May 2018 When the researchers put some of these human cells into a chicken embryo, an organized line of neural tissue appeared alongside the chicken’s own emerging nervous system, the team reports online today in Nature. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Elusive master organizer of human embryo growth seen for the first time," 23 May 2018 Spillers performed a service that can be done remotely involving electronically monitoring a patient’s nervous system during surgery. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "More than 200 doctors stay on Medicare rolls despite disciplinary actions," 17 May 2018 Simply put, the experience of pain changes a patient’s nervous system at the molecular level. Karen Sibert, Philly.com, "Pain patients, here's why doctors may not understand your misery," 25 Apr. 2018 Traditionally, scientists have directly linked the phenomenon of learning to the existence of a nervous system. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?," 14 July 2018 Areen Chakrabarti succumbed to smoke inhalation in a fire, while Jayden Auyeung’s airway became blocked as the result of a grave disease of the nervous system. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "At CHOP, two boys were diagnosed with brain death. Here's what that means," 24 May 2018

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1703, in the meaning defined above

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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

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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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