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[vey-got-uh-mee] /veɪˈgɒt ə mi/
noun, plural vagotomies.
the surgical severance of vagus nerve fibers, performed to reduce acid secretion by the stomach.
Compare vagal block.
Origin of vagotomy
First recorded in 1900-05; vago- + -tomy Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for vagotomy


noun (pl) -mies
surgical division of the vagus nerve, performed to limit gastric secretion in patients with severe peptic ulcers
Word Origin
C19: from vag(us) + -tomy
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vagotomy in Medicine

vagotomy va·got·o·my (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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