The word "body" is problematic when writing about the brain. Look at these two sentences:
- "The brain sends signals to the body."
- "The brain is an organ in the body."
The first sentence considers the body to be the brain's container, which is reasonable when writing about (say) neuroscience. The second considers the brain as a body part, which of course it is like any other organ.
What is a good way to distinguish these two "body" concepts in writing? You can't call them both "the body" because sometimes both meanings are needed within the same idea. Example:
"Your brain and your body are intertwined because, of course, your brain is part of your body."
Long phrases like "the body including the brain" don't work well. I also thought about "your body" vs. "your whole body," and defining these terms up front, but then any excerpt (sans definition) may be unclear. Maybe "your anatomical body"?
Does the English language have a word for "the body absent the brain"? And if it does, would readers know & understand it?
Thanks for any tips.