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13.18: Central Nervous System

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brain

Central nervous system organ inside the skull; the control center of the nervous system.

brain stem

Lowest part of the brain that connects the brain with the spinal cord; controls unconscious functions such as heart rate and breathing.

cerebellum

Part of the brain below the cerebrum; coordinates body movements.

cerebrum

Largest part of the brain; controls conscious functions such as reasoning and sight.

spinal cord

Thin, tubular bundle of nervous tissue that extends from the brainstem down the back to the pelvis; connects the brain with the peripheral nervous system.

vertebrae

(singular, vertebra): Repeating bony units that make up the vertebral column of vertebrates.

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