The central nervous system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system includes all peripheral nerves.
Update Date 5/28/2013
Updated by: Brent Wisse, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Nutrition, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.