vagus nerve

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noun va·gus nerve \ˈvā-gəs-\

Definition of vagus nerve

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

Origin and Etymology of vagus nerve

borrowed from New Latin vagus nervus, literally, “wandering nerve,”; so called from its multiplicity of connecting points in the neck, thorax, and abdomen — more at vague


First Known Use: 1856


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vagus nerve

noun va·gus nerve

Medical Definition of vagus nerve

  1. :  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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