peripheral nervous system

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peripheral nervous system

The part of the vertebrate nervous system constituting the nerves outside the central nervous system and including the cranial nerves, spinal nerves, and sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.

periph′eral nerv′ous sys`tem

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

pe·riph·er·al nervous system

In vertebrate animals, the part of the nervous system that lies outside of the brain and spinal cord. It includes the nerves that extend to the limbs. Compare central nervous system.

peripheral nervous system

A network of nerves linking the brain and spinal cord to other parts of the body. Some control voluntary acts, others automatic responses. See autonomic nervous system, somatic nervous system.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peripheral nervous system - the section of the nervous system lying outside the brain and spinal cordperipheral nervous system - the section of the nervous system lying outside the brain and spinal cord
system - a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts; "the body has a system of organs for digestion"
nervous system, systema nervosum - the sensory and control apparatus consisting of a network of nerve cells
periferní nervová soustava
det perifere nervesystem
sistema nervioso periférico
système nerveux périphérique

pe·riph·er·al ner·vous sys·tem

n. sistema nervioso periférico, nervios situados fuera del sistema nervioso central.
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