nerve center


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

nerve center

n.
1. A group of closely connected nerve cells that perform a specific function.
2. A source of power or control: Our Boston office is the nerve center of the corporation.

nerve′ cen`ter


n.
1. a group of nerves that act together to perform a function.
2. a source of information or activity; control center.
[1865–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nerve center - a center that provides information and controlnerve center - a center that provides information and control; "the nerve center of the diamond industry is in Amsterdam"
centre, center - a place where some particular activity is concentrated; "they received messages from several centers"
2.nerve center - a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"
neural structure - a structure that is part of the nervous system
auditory center - the part of the brain (in a fold of the cerebral cortex of the temporal lobe on both sides of the brain) that receives impulses from the ear by way of the auditory nerve
olfactory brain, rhinencephalon - a center in the cerebral hemispheres that governs the sense of smell in lower animals; in humans it seems to mediate complex emotional behavior
Broca's area, Broca's center, Broca's convolution, Broca's gyrus, convolution of Broca - the motor speech center in the left hemisphere of the brain in most people
Wernicke's area, Wernicke's center - the auditory word center; located in the posterior part of the superior temporal convolution in most people
superior colliculus - an essential visual center between the retina and the striate cortex
inferior colliculus - an essential auditory center in the midbrain
respiratory center - the center in the medulla oblongata and pons that integrates sensory information about the level of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood and determines the signals to be sent to the respiratory muscles
References in classic literature ?
Under the sheaths of muscles that were as armor, the fatal nerve center remained impervious.
The platform launched its war room at its Menlo Park headquarters in California in October as a nerve center for the fight against misinformation and manipulation by foreign actors trying to influence elections.
The Philsports Complex in Pasig will become the nerve center of the PSI, which tapped strength and conditioning expert Mark Velasco as national training director.
The first-ever and high-tech nerve center also monitors the movement of police vehicles, security operations, raids, arrests, and the police response.
Bottlenose has launched Nerve Center, the first application for Trend Intelligence from social and business data streams.
The NOC is the nerve center for the region's highest capacity and most geographically comprehensive cable network, connecting all the nations of the Gulf onwards to the data centers of Europe and Asia.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cut the ribbon in October to open a renovated Operations Center, a facility she said had gone from being staffed by one Foreign Service officer and a phone in 1961 to becoming an around-the-clock, worldwide "nerve center for crisis management."
Overlooking Ground Zero, this massive limestone headquarters for the United States Postal Service began as a Depression-era work project and continues to work hard today as a 24-7 nerve center for the USPS and a Class A center for government office.