vagus nervevagus nerve
Either of the tenth and longest of the cranial nerves, passing through the neck and thorax into the abdomen and supplying sensation to part of the ear, the tongue, the larynx, and the pharynx, motor impulses to the vocal cords, and motor and secretory impulses to the abdominal and thoracic viscera. Also called pneumogastric nerve.
Origin of vagus nerveNew Latin (nervus) vagus, wandering (nerve), from Latin.
(plural vagus nerves)