<anatomy> Arnold) Nervous fever, the specialized coordinating apparatus which endows animals with sensation and volition. In vertebrates it is often divided into three systems: the central, brain and spinal cord; the peripheral, cranial and spinal nerves; and the sympathetic. See Brain, Nerve, Spinal cord, under Spinal, and Sympathetic system. In Appendix. Nervous temperament, a condition of body characterised by a general predominance of mental manifestations.
Origin: L. Nervosus sinewy, vigorous: cf. F. Nerveux. See Nerve.
(01 Mar 1998)
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