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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After running a battery of tests in late-2015, experts identified a gut bacterial issue that had been poisoning his nervous system. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Boy & Bear Celebrate Life With 'Suck On Light': Exclusive Premiere," 29 Aug. 2019 Books are a really good alternative to calm our nervous systems and bring us back to what really matters. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Gwyneth Paltrow's Book Curator on Creating the Perfect Home Library," 27 Aug. 2019 To give you an idea of how fast your nervous system is operating: the patterns would be seen as individual images if they are separated by more than about 20ms. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Humans can perform ghost imaging, no computer required," 4 Sep. 2018 In rare situations, Zika has also been linked to serious complications like Guillain-Barré syndrome (a sickness of the nervous system that causes muscle weakness and paralysis) and swelling of the brain or spinal cord, the CDC says. Korin Miller, Health.com, "What to Know About the Zika Virus and Its Symptoms, According to Experts," 21 Aug. 2019 The actress, 47, was diagnosed in August with the disease, which eats away at the nervous system. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Selma Blair Says She’s Getting ‘Seemingly Sicker’ but Dreams of Going Horseback Riding Again," 18 July 2019 Most patients who are treated in later stages of the disease also respond well to antibiotics, although some may have suffered long-term damage to the nervous system or joints. Kara Driscoll, ajc, "Lyme disease: 7 questions answered about tick-borne infections," 7 May 2018 These were found to be contaminated with insecticides toxic to the human nervous system, according to the organization. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Strawberries again top 2018's 'Dirty Dozen' fruits and veggies," 10 Apr. 2018 The EVAs are oddly maternal figures: their adolescent pilots sit in a chamber of a kind of amniotic fluid, and their nervous systems are linked to the EVAs so that their bodies, like fetuses, are fuelled or depleted as the EVAs are. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "How “Neon Genesis Evangelion” Reimagined Our Relationship to Machines," 21 June 2019

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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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