somatic nervous system

somatic nervous system
the parts of the peripheral nervous system that are concerned with the transmission of impulses to and from the nonvisceral components of the body, such as the skeletal muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, skin, and eye and ear. Called also voluntary nervous s.

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  • peripheral nervous system — noun Physiology, Anatomy a system of nerves and ganglia leading from the spinal cord and brain (the central nervous system) to the organs of the body, conveying sensory information from within and outside the body to the central nervous system… …  

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  • nervous system, human — ▪ anatomy Introduction       system that conducts stimuli from sensory receptors to the brain and spinal cord and that conducts impulses back to other parts of the body. As with other higher vertebrates, the human nervous system has two main… …   Universalium

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