from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The system of cells, tissues, and organs that regulates the body's responses to internal and external stimuli. In vertebrates it consists of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, ganglia, and parts of the receptor and effector organs.
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- n. An organ system that coordinates the activities of muscles, monitors organs, constructs and processes data received from the senses, and initiates actions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. the specialized coördinating apparatus which endows animals with sensation and volition. In vertebrates it is often divided into three systems: the central, brain and spinal cord; the peripheral, cranial and spinal nerves; and the sympathetic. See Brain, Nerve, Spinal cord, under Spinal, and Sympathetic system, under Sympathetic, and Illust. in Appendix.
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- n. the sensory and control apparatus consisting of a network of nerve cells
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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.
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.”
It has no nervous system or cells, but is there even a remote possibility that the smallest subatomic particles of the universe could have some form of self-volition, consciousness, or belief, which would then suggest that the universe itself is a form of life?
Headstands benefit my entire nervous system and senses.
Long before halteres evolved, the information streaming into the nervous system from the sense organs at their base would enable fast buzzing wings, while flying, to act as rudimentary gyroscopes.
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.
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.