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vagus Line breaks: vagus
Pronunciation: /ˈveɪɡəs/

Definition of vagus in English:

noun (plural vagi ˈveɪɡəsˈveɪɡʌɪ)

(also vagus nerve) Anatomy Each of the tenth pair of cranial nerves, supplying the heart, lungs, upper digestive tract, and other organs of the chest and abdomen.
Example sentences
  • The smooth muscle portion of the esophagus is innervated by neurons within the dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus.
  • First the doctor may try rubbing the side of the patient's neck where there is a nerve called the vagus nerve.
  • Participants had a generator implanted in the anterior chest that was connected to stimulating coils on the left vagus nerve.


Mid 19th century: from Latin (see vague).

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