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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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, "My athletic husband stumbled. He was tired. He had a disease we’d never heard of.," 8 July 2018 Schwannomas arise from nerve cells called Schwann cells, which are part of the peripheral nervous system. Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, "At night she suffered through searing pain, by morning it mysteriously vanished," 26 May 2018 The annual American Psychiatric Association conference has started including presentations on nutrition and psychiatry, including one last year by chef David Bouley on foods that support the peripheral nervous system. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 3 Apr. 2018 When a nerve agent shuts down this enzyme, classes of neurons throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems quickly get overstimulated, leading to profuse sweating, convulsions and an excruciating death by asphyxiation. Ian Haydon, Scientific American, "Enzymes versus Nerve Agents: Designing Antidotes for Chemical Weapons," 11 Apr. 2017 The disorder, in which the body’s immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system and causes muscle weakness, afflicts about one in 100,000 people. Mike Coppinger, latimes.com, "Ducks' Patrick Eaves is diagnosed with muscle-weakening disorder," 23 Oct. 2017 The Ducks played this one for veteran forward Patrick Eaves, who was recently diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder in which the immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system. USA TODAY, "Ducks erupt, knock out Patrick in 6-2 win over Flyers," 24 Oct. 2017 Ducks winger Patrick Eaves has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder of the peripheral nervous system resulting in severe weakness, the team announced Monday. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Ducks Winger Patrick Eaves Diagnosed With Rare Nervous System Disorder," 23 Oct. 2017 Adam remained in a coma for five days, before being diagnosed with an unidentified viral infection that led to the onset of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system. Crystal Ponti, Smithsonian, "Doctors Can Use Robotic Telemedicine to Assess Coma Patients," 13 Feb. 2017

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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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