Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

Autonomic Nervous System

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_338

Definition

The autonomic nervous system is that part of the nervous system that controls body functions not under our direct voluntary control, such as the blood pressure, pulse rate, operation of the bowel and bladder and body temperature. It includes the sympathetic, parasympathetic and enteric nervous system.

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