[ vey-got-uh-mee ]
/ veɪˈgɒt ə mi /
noun, plural va·got·o·mies.
the surgical severance of vagus nerve fibers, performed to reduce acid secretion by the stomach.
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British Dictionary definitions for vagotomy
/ (væˈɡɒtəmɪ) /
noun plural -mies
surgical division of the vagus nerve, performed to limit gastric secretion in patients with severe peptic ulcers
Word Origin for vagotomy
C19: from vag (us) + -tomy
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Medical definitions for vagotomy
[ vā-gŏt′ə-mē ]
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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