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va·gus

 (vā′gəs)
n. pl. va·gi (-gī, -jī)
The vagus nerve.

vagus

(ˈveɪɡəs) or

vagus nerve

n, pl -gi (-dʒaɪ)
(Anatomy) the tenth cranial nerve, which supplies the heart, lungs, and viscera
[C19: from Latin vagus wandering]

va•gus

(ˈveɪ gəs)

n., pl. -gi (-jī, -gī).
either of the tenth pair of cranial nerves, composed of long sensory and motor neurons that innervate the body from the throat to the abdominal viscera and that function in speech, swallowing, breathing, heart rate, and digestion.
Also called va′gus nerve′.
[1830–40; < Latin: wandering]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vagus - a mixed nerve that supplies the pharynx and larynx and lungs and heart and esophagus and stomach and most of the abdominal visceravagus - a mixed nerve that supplies the pharynx and larynx and lungs and heart and esophagus and stomach and most of the abdominal viscera
cranial nerve - any of the 12 paired nerves that originate in the brain stem
Translations

va·gus

n. vago, nervio neumogástrico.

vagus

n vago
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The vagus nerve stimulator is widely used in patients with intractable epilepsy who are not candidates for epilepsy surgery.
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They most commonly arise from characteristic locations including the carotid bifurcation, the jugular fossa, tympanic cavity, and the vagus nerve, but may rarely arise from other locations such as the larynx.
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SUMMARY: The presence of a ganglion-like tumefaction is reported in the mediastinal course of the right vagus nerve at T1 level in a cadaver in the Universidad Industrial de Santander's morphology laboratory.