peripheral nervous system

noun

Definition of peripheral nervous system

: the part of the nervous system that is outside the central nervous system and comprises the cranial nerves excepting the optic nerve, the spinal nerves, and the autonomic nervous system

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Recent Examples on the Web According to Zak, as part of a multi-million dollar government effort, his lab measured central and peripheral nervous system activity simultaneously. Roger Dooley, Forbes, 25 May 2021 In the neuromuscular area, the company is looking into multiple diseases driven by genetic defects in skeletal muscle, cardiac muscle and the peripheral nervous system. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Mar. 2021 Guillain-Barre syndrome occurs when the body’s own immune system attacks and injures the nerves outside of the spinal cord or brain – the peripheral nervous system. Aarti Sarwal, The Conversation, 7 July 2020 And the peripheral nervous system, which carries pain signals from the source, can be involved in chronic pain — along with, or instead of, the spinal cord and brain. Lenny Bernstein, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2019 Last month, Ashley, 34, revealed that her husband was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the peripheral nervous system. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 14 Jan. 2020 The peripheral nervous system, which relays information from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body — from vital organs to skin — has gotten relatively short shrift. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Oct. 2019 The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system, while the nerves running from them form the peripheral nervous system. Lynn Peterson Mobley, Washington Post, 8 July 2018 Schwannomas arise from nerve cells called Schwann cells, which are part of the peripheral nervous system. Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, 26 May 2018

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1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Peripheral nervous system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peripheral%20nervous%20system. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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peripheral nervous system

noun

Medical Definition of peripheral nervous system

: the part of the nervous system that is outside the central nervous system and comprises the cranial nerves excepting the optic nerve, the spinal nerves, and the autonomic nervous system

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