Somatic Nervous System
- AKA: Voluntary Nervous System.
- See: Peripheral Nervous System, Skeletal Muscles, Wikt:Voluntary, Afferent Nerve Fiber, Efferent Nerve Fiber, Muscle Contraction, Neuron, Muscle, Skin.
- (Wikipedia, 2016) ⇒ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/somatic_nervous_system Retrieved:2016-7-22.
- The somatic nervous system (SoNS or voluntary nervous system) is the part of the peripheral nervous system associated with skeletal muscle voluntary control of body movements. The SoNS consists of afferent nerves and efferent nerves. Afferent nerves are responsible for relaying sensation from the body to the central nervous system (CNS); efferent nerves are responsible for sending out commands from the CNS to the body, stimulating muscle contraction; they include all the non-sensory neurons connected with skeletal muscles and skin. The a- of afferent and the e- of efferent correspond to the prefixes ad- (to, toward) and ex- (out of).