Definition of autonomic nervous system in English:

autonomic nervous system

Pronunciation /ɔːtənɑːmɪkˈnɜːrvəssɪstəm/


  • The part of the nervous system responsible for control of the bodily functions not consciously directed, such as breathing, the heartbeat, and digestive processes.

    ‘The hormones of the HPA axis exert their effect on the autonomic nervous system, which controls such vital functions as heart rate, blood pressure, and digestion.’
    • ‘These small muscles in the blood vessels are controlled by the autonomic nervous system.’
    • ‘It works by monitoring the body's feedback and controlling the autonomic nervous system, which regulates involuntary bodily functions such as heart rate, sweating, and breathing.’
    • ‘Alterations in emotional expressivity are associated strongly with the autonomic nervous system.’
    • ‘The body's regulatory processes are controlled by a system known as the autonomic nervous system.’
    • ‘The sympathetic nerves control circulation and perspiration and are part of your autonomic nervous system.’