nervous system

noun
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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 — compare central nervous systemautonomic nervous system, peripheral nervous system

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1703


NERVOUS SYSTEM Defined for English Language Learners

nervous system

noun

Definition of nervous system for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

nervous system

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Definition of nervous system for Students

: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

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nervous system

noun

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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