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Autnomics vs Somatic

Discussion in 'MCAT Study Question Q&A' started by SKation, May 21, 2014.

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  1. SKation


    Jan 15, 2014
    Hey Guys,

    I am having some trouble differentiating between autonmic and somatic systems within the body. Could anybody help me with a way to diffrentiate between which body parts are run with which

    Thank You!
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  3. syoung

    syoung MS-3 5+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2011
    Over the rainbow
    somatic, conscious control
    autonomic, unconscious control

    in general.
    DrknoSDN and tdod like this.
  4. NextStepTutor_1

    NextStepTutor_1 Next Step MCAT Tutor Exhibitor 2+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2014
    SDN Exhibitor
    To shed a little bit more light on the matter, if there is ever a case when you are confused as to whether a muscle is autonomic or somatic, such as the diaphragm--it can both be controlled and unconsciously controlled. Just remember this rule--if at any point you can control it, it is somatic. Otherwise, it is autonomic.
  5. SKation


    Jan 15, 2014
    Thank You! that was the exact question i got wrong :)

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