wandering nerve


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Noun1.wandering nerve - a mixed nerve that supplies the pharynx and larynx and lungs and heart and esophagus and stomach and most of the abdominal viscerawandering nerve - 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
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Dr Sweta Adatia, specialist neurologist at RAK hospital and RAK Diabetes Centre, Dubai, said breathing correctly helps activate the vagus nerve, a long and wandering nerve that connects the brain stem to vital organs like the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys.
"A long and wandering nerve, the vagus nerve is made of both motor and sensory fibers and connects the brain stem to organs and systems, including the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and female sex organs, as well as linking the neck, ears and tongue to the brain," explained Dr Adatia.
The vagus nerve (aka Cranial Nerve X or, more poetically, the Wandering Nerve) plays a crucial role in all of these essential functions, linking brain and organs in what's called the nervous system's superhighway.