central nervous system


noun

the part of the nervous system comprising the brain and spinal cord.

Nearby words

  1. central limit theorem,
  2. central locking,
  3. central lymph node,
  4. central moment,
  5. central necrosis,
  6. central nystagmus,
  7. central ossifying fibroma,
  8. central osteitis,
  9. central paralysis,
  10. central park

Origin of central nervous system

First recorded in 1890–95


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British Dictionary definitions for central nervous system

central nervous system

noun

the mass of nerve tissue that controls and coordinates the activities of an animal. In vertebrates it consists of the brain and spinal cordAbbreviation: CNS Compare autonomic nervous system
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Medicine definitions for central nervous system

central nervous system

n.

The portion of the vertebrate nervous system consisting of the brain and spinal cord.cerebrospinal axis

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Science definitions for central nervous system

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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Culture definitions for central nervous system

central nervous system

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

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