vagotomy

noun

va·​got·​o·​my vā-ˈgä-tə-mē How to pronounce vagotomy (audio)
plural vagotomies
: surgical division of the vagus nerve

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from German Vagotomie, from Vagus vagus nerve + -o- -o- + -tomie -tomy

First Known Use

circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vagotomy was circa 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Vagotomy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vagotomy. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

vagotomy

noun

va·​got·​o·​my vā-ˈgät-ə-mē How to pronounce vagotomy (audio)
plural vagotomies
: surgical division of the vagus nerve
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