vagus nerve

noun
va·​gus nerve | \ ˈvā-gəs- How to pronounce vagus nerve (audio) \

Definition of vagus nerve

: 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

Examples of vagus nerve in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When you are stressed, your body inhibits the signals that travel through the vagus nerve and slows down the digestive process. The Conversation, oregonlive, 3 Apr. 2021 The brain needs calories to operate, and chemical messengers travel back and forth between your gut and brain via the vagus nerve triggering all sorts of functions, from hormone production to cognition. Christine Byrne, Outside Online, 21 Oct. 2021 That forceful suction activates swallowing muscles and our good friend, the vagus nerve. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 4 Mar. 2022 When you are stressed, your body inhibits the signals that travel through the vagus nerve and slows down the digestive process. The Conversation, oregonlive, 3 Apr. 2021 Swallowing also triggers the vagus nerve, which is connected to hiccups. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 4 Mar. 2022 One of the primary features of the vagus nerve is to help regulate heart rate and heart rate variability. Justin Ross, Outside Online, 13 May 2020 Training the vagus nerve and our parasympathetic response is important for runners for a number of reasons, including research that blends together both performance improvements and prescribing when to tackle harder workouts. Justin Ross, Outside Online, 13 May 2020 Right after Braeden had surgery for a vagus nerve stimulator implant with the goal of reducing his seizure activity, a limo picked them up at Children's Wisconsin and drove them home to the big reveal. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of vagus nerve

1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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12 May 2022

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“Vagus nerve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vagus%20nerve. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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vagus nerve

noun

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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