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central nervous system

noun
1.
the part of the nervous system comprising the brain and spinal cord.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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  • In addition, afferent or sensory fibers connect many of these structures with the central nervous system.
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British Dictionary definitions for central nervous system

central nervous system

noun
1.
the mass of nerve tissue that controls and coordinates the activities of an animal. In vertebrates it consists of the brain and spinal cord CNS Compare autonomic nervous system
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central nervous system in Medicine

central nervous system n.
Abbr. CNS
The portion of the vertebrate nervous system consisting of the brain and spinal cord. Also called cerebrospinal axis.

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central nervous system in Science
central nervous system  
The part of the nervous system in vertebrate animals that consists of the brain and spinal cord. Compare peripheral nervous system.
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central nervous system in Culture

central nervous system definition


The brain and spinal cord. (See nervous system).

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