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noun
the portion of the nervous system lying outside the brain and spinal cord.

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Origin of peripheral nervous system

First recorded in 1930–35
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Scientific definitions for peripheral nervous system

peripheral nervous system

The part of the nervous system in vertebrate animals that lies outside of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). It includes the nerves that extend to the limbs and many sense organs. Compare central nervous system.
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Cultural definitions for peripheral nervous system

peripheral nervous system

The nerves outside of the central nervous system that make up part of the vertebrate nervous system.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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