Vagotomy definition

vā-gŏtə-mē
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Surgical division of fibers of the vagus nerve, used to diminish acid secretion of the stomach and control a duodenal ulcer.
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The surgical cutting of the vagus nerve, as to relieve a peptic ulcer by reducing the flow of gastric juice.
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Surgical division of fibers of the vagus nerve, used to diminish acid secretion of the stomach and control a duodenal ulcer.
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(surgery) The surgical resection of the vagus nerve so as to reduce the secretion of acid in the stomach and so control duodenal ulcers.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
vagotomy
Plural:
vagotomies

Origin of vagotomy

  • vag(us) –tomy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition