autonomic nervous system

autonomic nervous system
noun Date: 1898 a part of the vertebrate nervous system that innervates smooth and cardiac muscle and glandular tissues and governs involuntary actions (as secretion and peristalsis) and that consists of the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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