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Medical Term:

peripheral nervous system


the peripheral part of the nervous system external to the brain and spinal cord from their roots to their peripheral terminations. This includes the ganglia, both sensory and autonomic, and any plexuses through which the nerve fibers and all the peripheral nerves run.

Synonym(s): pars peripherica systematis nervosiTA, systema nervosum periphericum, peripheral part of nervous system

See Also: autonomic (visceral motor) division of nervous system

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