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Central nervous system and peripheral nervous system

Central nervous system and peripheral nervous system

Overview

The central nervous system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system includes all peripheral nerves.

Update Date 5/2/2016

Updated by: Brent Wisse, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Nutrition, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.