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vagus nerve

noun va·gus nerve \ˈvā-gəs-\

Definition of VAGUS NERVE

:  either of the 10th pair of cranial nerves that arise from the medulla and supply chiefly the viscera especially with autonomic sensory and motor fibers —called also vagus

Origin of VAGUS NERVE

New Latin vagus nervus, literally, wandering nerve
First Known Use: 1856

vagus nerve

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VAGUS NERVE

:  either of the tenth pair of cranial nerves that arise from the medulla and supply chiefly the viscera especially with autonomic sensory and motor fibers—called also pneumogastric nerve, tenth cranial nerve, vagus

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