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 Dictionary entry overview: What does CNS mean? 

CNS (noun)
  The noun CNS has 1 sense:

1. the portion of the vertebrate nervous system consisting of the brain and spinal cord

  Familiarity information: CNS used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

CNS (noun)



The portion of the vertebrate nervous system consisting of the brain and spinal cord

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Nouns denoting body parts


central nervous system; CNS; systema nervosum centrale

Hypernyms ("CNS" is a kind of...):

system (a group of physiologically or anatomically related organs or parts)

Meronyms (parts of "CNS"):

glia; neuroglia (sustentacular tissue that surrounds and supports neurons in the central nervous system; glial and neural cells together compose the tissue of the central nervous system)

brain; encephalon (that part of the central nervous system that includes all the higher nervous centers; enclosed within the skull; continuous with the spinal cord)

corticospinal tract; pyramidal motor system; pyramidal tract (any of the important motor nerves on each side of the central nervous system that run from the sensorimotor areas of the cortex through the brainstem to motor neurons of the cranial nerve nuclei and the ventral horn of the spinal cord)

medulla spinalis; spinal cord (a major part of the central nervous system which conducts sensory and motor nerve impulses to and from the brain; a long tubelike structure extending from the base of the brain through the vertebral canal to the upper lumbar region)

Meronyms (substance of "CNS"):

substantia alba; white matter (whitish nervous tissue of the CNS consisting of neurons and their myelin sheaths)

Holonyms ("CNS" is a part of...):

nervous system; systema nervosum (the sensory and control apparatus consisting of a network of nerve cells)

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