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

Examples of nervous system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lead is known to damage the brain and nervous system, impair growth and contribute to behavioral problems, with especially severe effects in children. New York Times, 16 Oct. 2021 Tom Burke, director of the Johns Hopkins Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute, said the sealant included xylenes, chemical compounds often used as solvents that act on the brain and nervous system. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021 Tom Burke, director of the Johns Hopkins Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute, said the sealant included xylenes, chemical compounds often used as solvents that act on the brain and nervous system. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, 23 Aug. 2021 Kids can miss major developmental milestones because of lead exposure and suffer long-term, significant harm to the brain and nervous system. USA Today, 13 June 2021 Pregnant women need extra vitamin B12 to prevent birth defects involving the fetus’ brain or nervous system, like a neural tube deficiency. Laura Wheatman Hill, chicagotribune.com, 9 Apr. 2021 No one is at their best when they are depleted or overwhelmed, but this is particularly true for sensitive strivers given the high activation of their nervous system. Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 The pair made breakthrough discoveries that began intense research activities that in turn led to a rapid increase in understanding how our nervous system senses heat, cold, and mechanical stimuli. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Oct. 2021 Perlita has been stung by something that is attacking her nervous system. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 19 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of nervous system

1703, in the meaning defined above

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18 Nov 2021

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“Nervous system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nervous%20system. Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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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

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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