va·​gal | \ ˈvā-gəl How to pronounce vagal (audio) \

Definition of vagal

: of, relating to, mediated by, or being the vagus nerve

Other Words from vagal

vagally \ ˈvā-​gə-​lē How to pronounce vagal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of vagal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than 100,000 patients have received vagal nerve implants to treat intractable epilepsy, treatment-resistant depression, cluster headaches and migraine. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, 13 Aug. 2021 Most recently, Liberles’s team discovered cells in the brainstem, connected to vagal neurons, that trigger nausea. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, 10 June 2021 In 2018, neuroscientist Diego Bohórquez at Duke University discovered a direct vagal connection between nutrient-sensing cells in the mouse gut called neuropods and the brain. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, 10 June 2021 According to a study, Loving-Kindness-Meditation created a healthy vagal tone in participants. Womensmedia, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 The vagal response is an automatic response that occurs when the vagus nerve is stimulated by triggers like stress, fear and pain. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2020 Most vagal nerve stimulators, including SetPoint’s devices and those already in use for treating epilepsy and depression, are implants. Scientific American, 14 Sep. 2018 The researchers are also using their approach to examine metabolic changes, injecting mice with insulin or glucose and looking for vagal responses. Tim Hornyak, Scientific American, 10 May 2018 In an alternative approach to weight loss, Dr. David Prologo, an interventional radiologist from Emory University School of Medicine, and his colleagues froze a nerve called the posterior vagal trunk in 10 people who were significantly overweight. Alexandra Sifferlin, Time, 21 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of vagal

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vagal

vagus (nerve) + -al entry 1

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va·​gal | \ ˈvā-gəl How to pronounce vagal (audio) \

Medical Definition of vagal

: of, relating to, mediated by, or being the vagus nerve vagal stimulation

Other Words from vagal

vagally \ -​gə-​lē How to pronounce vagal (audio) \ adverb


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