Definitions for "Enteric nervous system"
(ENS) neural network within the gastrointestinal tract wall that locally controls and coordinates intestinal functions (motility, epithelial secretion and blood flow) derived mainly from the neural crest. (More? Neural Crest Notes
controls the gut musculature and is part of the autonomic nervous system
The nervous system of the gut, i.e., the neuronal networks of the submucosal and myenteric (Auerbach's) plexuses in the walls of the gut. A variety of experiments show that this nervous system can function essentially normally in the absence of autonomic inputs, whose effects are modulatory.