autonomic autonomic  /ˌɔ tə ˈnɑ mɪk/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) relating to or controlled by the autonomic nervous system

Usage(s):

  1. Now, though, experimental psychologists have proved that the body's autonomic system can, in fact, be taughtalthough as yet they are not sure how or why.
  2. In PVS, certain primitive regions of the brain, including the brain stem, which controls autonomic functions such as breathing and the beating of the heart, are still alive.
  3. After he had severed all the autonomic nerves which might obscure his research, he shook the cat's forepaws.

News

  • Immune function restored in spinal injured mice

    Scientists have shown that is possible to restore immune function in spinal injured mice. People with spinal cord injury often are immune compromised, which makes them more susceptible to infections. Why these people become immune-suppressed is not known, but the study found that a disorder called autonomic dysreflexia can cause immune suppression.
    on August 7, 2013     Source: Science Daily

Quotes

  • Dr Mahmood Bhutta, an ENT specialist at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, said: "It certainly seems odd, but I think this reflex demonstrates evolutionary relics in the wiring of a part of the nervous system called the autonomic nervous system."
    on Dec 20, 2008 By: John Radcliffe Source: TheMedGuru

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