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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.

Review Date 5/20/2018

Updated by: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.