somatic nervous system


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Related to somatic nervous system: autonomic nervous system, parasympathetic nervous system, visceral nervous system, afferent nervous system

somatic nervous system

that part of the nervous system which supplies the limbs and body wall and which controls the voluntary activities of the body. See AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM and NERVE IMPULSE.

somatic nervous system,

n voluntary system that controls impulses conveyed to the skeletal muscles from the central nervous system.