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Nervous System

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Nervous system the network of nerve cells and fibers that transmits nerve impulses between parts of the body; consists of brain, spinal cord, and nerves
neuron a nerve cell; the basic building block of the nervous system
dendrite a branch off the cell body of a neuron that receives new information from other neurons
axon A threadlike extension of a neuron that carries nerve impulses away from the cell body.
central nervous system brain and spinal cord
peripheral nervous system the sensory and motor neurons that connect the central nervous system to the rest of the body
somatic nervous system the division of the peripheral nervous system that controls the body's skeletal muscles
autonomic nervous system nerves that control involuntary body functions of muscles, glands, and internal organs
reflex involuntary response to a stimulus
Created by: kmaddix