Definition of autonomic nervous system in English:

autonomic nervous system


  • 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 sympathetic nerves control circulation and perspiration and are part of your autonomic nervous system.’
    • ‘These small muscles in the blood vessels are controlled by the autonomic nervous system.’
    • ‘The body's regulatory processes are controlled by a system known as the autonomic nervous system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Alterations in emotional expressivity are associated strongly with 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.’