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What is the difference between the autonomic and somatic nervous system?

What is the difference between the autonomic and somatic nervous system?

Mind vs body: Autonomic are the responses from our nervous system so you breath without even thinkindgabout it and you heart beats. Somatic can be the responses of our body especially when we're worrying about things so we might get a headache of a stomach ache. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Autonomic Nervous System (Definition)

The autonomic nervous system is part of the peripheral nervous system. It is ‘autonomic’ because it does not require voluntary thought to function. The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic system manages “fight or flight” responses and the parasympathetic system acts as a counterpart that manages ...Read more


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What is the difference between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system?

Is this a school: assignment? Here is a great explanation: https://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/auto.html ...Read more

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What is the difference between the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system?

What is the difference between the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system?

Anatomical terms: Brain, spinal cord, and cranial nerves, especially optic nerves, all start within the central system. Once outside the spinal canal these nerves are now called peripheral nerves and connect to muscle to cause contraction, and return to spinal cord, sensory nerves, to report peripheral sensations from outer world. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the sympathetic, parasympathetic and peripheral nervous sytems?

What is the difference between the sympathetic, parasympathetic and peripheral nervous sytems?

Need more characters: We are limited to 400 characters in our reply, wouldn't be enough to explain this. They overlap in ways so they aren't completely separate. Sympathetic counteracts the parasympathetic and the central nerves and the peripheral nerves make up the total anatomic nervous system. The Sym/Parasym nerves are more the functional part of the nerves. ...Read more

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What's the difference between your central and peripheral nervous system?

What's the difference between your central and peripheral nervous system?

Just that: The division of your nervous system into central & peripheral is based on anatomy, not physiology. . The brain & spinal cord make up the central; the continuation from these two make up the peripheral. But they are continuous. The ''third" nervous system regulates the function of your remaining organ systems, from bowel to cardiovascular & everything in between. Maintains balance. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between harming the nervous and damaging the nervous system?

Is there a difference between harming the nervous and damaging the nervous system?

Basically the same: These two terms are interchangable in common use. When we warn patients of dangers we may say damage or harm. Depending on the situation, the many times damage or harm is reversible with normal healing from the body. Other times, after long-term, or chronic insult/injury there may be irreversible or permanent injury. Hope this helps!! ...Read more

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Was wondering what are the differences between parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system?

Was wondering what are the differences between parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system?

Simple explanation: Sympathetic= fight or flight Para= Rest and digest One is the Gas pedal if you will The other would be the bodies brakes. Hope that helps ! ...Read more

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What are the difference between central nervous system and autonomic nervous system?

What are the difference between central nervous system and autonomic nervous system?

What they control: The central nervous system refers to the brain and the spinal cord. The autonomic nervous system is a part of the peripheral nervous system that is involved in processes related to heart rate, sweating, blood pressure, and other processes that we don't think about, aka the name "autonomic". Autonomic nervous system disorders include fainting, fast heart rate, fatigue and sweating disorders. ...Read more

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What is the difference between alcohol and other central nervous system depressants?

What is the difference between alcohol and other central nervous system depressants?

Alcohol: Alcohol affects nervous system as well as other organs such as the liver, eventually leading to irreversible damage. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the effects of MS and lupus on the nervous system?

What is the difference between the effects of MS and lupus on the nervous system?

Deceptive likeness: Both lupus and ms are autoimmune disorders and both affect the central nervous system. Both causes apparently random, sudden and often bizarre symptoms. Treatments for ms long-term have now been primarily interferon-based. No such widely accepted treatment exists for lupus. Steroids are often helpful in both conditions in short term. Diagnostic tests can separate the 2 conditions often. ...Read more

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What carries impulses between the peripheral nervous system and the CNS?

What carries impulses between the peripheral nervous system and the CNS?

Brief anatomy: Sensors in the skin pick up pain, temperature, light touch, carry along peripheral nerves that synapse within the spinal cord, travel up anatomical pathways into the brain and at level of thalamus, pathways to grey matter via white matter connections eventuate in conscious awareness. Recommend textbook of medical physiology for more information.. ...Read more

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What is the role of parasympathetic nervous system?

ConstrucT : Anabolism and catabolism both continue emergency arise so sympathetic or flight fight comes in action emergency over reconstruction begins parasympathetic takes over again which is our base line. ...Read more

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What is the autonomic vs central nervous system?

Unvoluntary: The autonomic is visceral, not on command, like control of heart, respiration, digestive, urinary systems, sexual arousal, etc central is brain and spinal cord--then there is peripheral like nerves control movements of the limbs. ...Read more

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What is the parasympathtic nervous system?

What is the parasympathtic nervous system?

Parasympathetic: Part of the involuntary nervous system that slows heart rate, increases intestinal & glandular activity, and relaxes sphincter muscles. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between the cardiovascular and immune system?

What is the relationship between the cardiovascular and immune system?

Relationships: All the body systems are interrelated and interdependent. No system works without the CV system supplying it with blood. The immune system works to protect the other systems from infectious interference. Sometimes when the immune system malfunctions it can cause inflammation which interferes with heart function. ...Read more

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What is the correlation between dysautonomia and the vagus nerve?

Dysautonomia: This world is used when there is imbalance between the 2 autonomic system, sympathetic and parasympathetic--- the vagal nerve is one of the conductors of parasympathetic ---increase vagal tone, balance excessive sympathetic activity, which are not always healthy. ...Read more

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What is the nervous system made of?

What is the nervous system made of?

Nerves and more: The nervous system is composed of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and the organs supplied by those nerves. Peripheral nerves supply sensation and muscle control. Splanchnic nerves control intestinal function. Sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves control blood flow, sweat, and other functions. ...Read more

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What is the name of the nerve that brings heart pain to the central nervous system?

There isn't just one: There may not be just one nerve that brings heart pain to the brain. This is why people describe their heart attack symptoms so differently. Some people get nausea, sweating and a sense of "just not feeling right, " while others get the more classic chest and arm pain. Others may get extreme heaviness in the chest and shortness of breath. Thi suggests that different nerve pathways can be involved. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Autonomic (Definition)

The autonomic nervous system (ans or visceral nervous system or involuntary nervous system) is the part of the peripheral nervous system that acts as a control system functioning largely below the level of consciousness, and controls visceral functions, such as heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, salivation, perspiration, pupillary dilation, ...Read more