peripheral nervous system

noun

: 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

Examples of peripheral nervous system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The condition involves damage to the peripheral nervous system, which sends signals between the central nervous system and other body parts, per the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 14 Apr. 2024 These cells can be found in the brain, and in both the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. Cbd Scout, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Leprosy primarily affects the skin and peripheral nervous system, causing physical deformity and desensitizing one’s ability to feel pain on affected skin. Robert A. Schwartz, Discover Magazine, 18 Mar. 2024 The investigation of soft materials was initiated with optogenetic pain research in the peripheral nervous system specifically in mind. IEEE Spectrum, 1 Nov. 2023 The lack of serotonin, in turn, disrupts connectivity between the peripheral nervous system and the brain, causing neurologic symptoms. Byerin Prater, Fortune Well, 16 Oct. 2023 According to the World Health Organization, in Guillain-Barré syndrome, the body’s immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system, which can affect nerves that control muscle movement and can result in muscle weakness, loss of sensation in the limbs and problems swallowing or breathing. Carlos De Loera, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2023 The team is designing and validating a robust recovery biomarker enabling a first-ever stroke rehabilitation RST based on exchanges between regions of the central and peripheral nervous systems. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Sep. 2023 The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex network of receptors scattered throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 5 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of peripheral nervous system was in 1846

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“Peripheral nervous system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peripheral%20nervous%20system. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

peripheral nervous system

noun
: the part of the nervous system that is outside the central nervous system and is made up of the autonomic nervous system, the spinal nerves, and the cranial nerves except the optic nerve

Medical Definition

peripheral nervous system

noun
: 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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