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 However, veterinary pathologists found significant lesions in the cat’s nervous system which usually indicate bacterial infections, suggesting that the virus was not the primary cause of death. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Dead cat in Opelika tests positive for coronavirus," 8 Oct. 2020 In sufficiently high doses, cyanobacteria can kill mammals by interfering with the nervous system’s ability to send signals throughout the body. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Toxic Algae Caused Mysterious Widespread Deaths of 330 Elephants in Botswana," 23 Sep. 2020 The hypothalamus is a small but crucial part of the brain which serves as a link to the nervous system and regulates pretty much all of the hormones in our bodies. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, "Hysterical Women: Why Is Hormonal Contraception Still Failing Us?," 10 Sep. 2020 However, severe complications to the nervous system can occur if the infection is not caught and treated fast enough. CBS News, "Lyme disease has now spread to all 50 states, report finds," 7 Aug. 2018 And Synchron, a San Francisco startup funded in part by the US Defense Department, is already testing an implantable wireless device that can stimulate the nervous system from the inside of a blood vessel. Matt Egan, CNN, "Workers fear cyborgs will steal their jobs by 2035," 18 Sep. 2020 Some are serious: damage to kidneys, nervous system, heart and lungs. Rick Kogan Chicago Tribune (tns), Star Tribune, "When I almost died: My days battling coronavirus," 16 Sep. 2020 By disrupting the nervous system, Novichok and other nerve agents can kill people through asphyxiation or cardiac arrest. Robert Chilcott, Ars Technica, "Novichok: How are victims surviving poisoning?," 5 Sep. 2020 The trick, then, is to slowly recondition a patient’s nervous system through careful exercises, without triggering a debilitating crash. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "Long-Haulers Are Redefining COVID-19," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of nervous system

1703, in the meaning defined above

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“Nervous system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nervous%20system. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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