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13.19: Peripheral Nervous System

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autonomic nervous system (ANS)

Division of the peripheral nervous system; controls involuntary activities not under conscious control, such as heart rate and digestion.

motor division

Division of the peripheral nervous system; carries nerve impulses from the central nervous system to muscles and glands throughout the body.

nerve

One of many cable-like bundles of axons that make up the peripheral nervous system.

parasympathetic division

The subdivision of the autonomic nervous system; controls involuntary activities that are not emergencies.

peripheral nervous system (PNS)

One of two major divisions of the nervous system; consists of all the nervous tissue that lies outside the central nervous system.

reflex arc

The path taken by a reflex.

sensory division

Division of the peripheral nervous system; carries sensory information from the body to the central nervous system.

somatic nervous system (SNS)

Division of the peripheral nervous system; controls voluntary, conscious activities and reflexes.

sympathetic division

The subdivision of the autonomic nervous system that deals with emergencies.

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