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What are homeostatic afferent nerves?

William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology

Homeostatic afferent nerves are the tiny nerves of the peripheral somatic nervous system that supply all of the tissues of the body and send information from them to the spinal cord and ultimately to the mind/brain. Every tissue of the body is supplied with homeostatic afferent nerves: the skin, muscles, bones, joints, teeth, and all of the internal (visceral) organs, such as the heart, digestive tract, and liver. These nerves end (terminate) in the spinal cord. The spinal cord then relays what we call the body words spoken by the body to the mind/brain.

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