American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The portion of the vertebrate nervous system consisting of the brain and spinal cord.
- n. neuroanatomy In vertebrates, that part of the nervous system comprising the brain, brainstem and spinal cord.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the portion of the vertebrate nervous system consisting of the brain and spinal cord; -- abbreviated CNS.
- n. the portion of the vertebrate nervous system consisting of the brain and spinal cord
“When the axonal nerves and myelin sheaths become damaged we become—in simplest terms—a bit like marionette puppets without any strings: nothing connects the brain and the toes, the central nervous system and the muscles in our arms or legs.”
“Any of a group of active central nervous system depressants, such as chlordiazepoxide and lorazepam, which are used as sedatives.”
“Cocoa bean mulch, which many dogs are inclined to chow down on because it smells almost as yummy as brownies, can cause gastrointestinal issues vomiting and diarrhea, cardiovascular issues such as abnormal heart rate, and central nervous system problems including tremors and seizures, says Camille DiClementi of the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center.”
“Lipoic acid affects cellular migration into the central nervous system and stabilizes blood-brain barrier integrity.”
“Since its founding in 1976, ADEC has grown to become the central nervous system of the grief culture and publishes two journals, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying and Death Studies, whose contents make for some pretty bleak reading with occasional high absurdity, such as one article, “The Association Between Thoughts of Defecation and Thoughts of Death.””
“He also tended many patients with transverse myelitis, an MS-related autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that causes severe paralysis and other neurological disabilities.”
“Attacking commercial aviation—the central nervous system of the global economy—continued to preoccupy al-Qaeda after 9/11.”
“Semipermeable walls of capillaries in the central nervous system that control the passage of substances from the blood into brain cells.”
“A number of scientists are now investigating whether autism might conceivably be attributed to the formation of autoantibodies against the central nervous system in genetically susceptible individuals.”
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