somatic nervous system


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somatic nervous system

n
(Physiology) physiol the section of the nervous system responsible for sensation and control of the skeletal muscles. Compare autonomic nervous system

somatic nervous system

The part of the peripheral nervous system that sends motor impulses to skeletal muscles.
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The somatic nervous system is involved in the control of mostly voluntary activities, such as tapping your foot to music.
It is well established that the hypothalamus is a major substation of the limbic system and one of its most important roles is to integrate complex responses via the autonomic and somatic nervous systems Numerous effects like decreases in blood pressure, skin temperature, and increases in skin resistance could be due to inhibition of the posterior hypothalamic area; or these changes could be due to the effects of the hypothalamus as it acts on the medullary centers through the reticular activating system.
Bladder storage and emptying, as well as coordinated contraction or relaxation of the urinary sphincter, are under the control of the sympathetic, parasympathetic, and somatic nervous systems (Ouslander, 2004).