noun, plural va·got·o·mies.
the surgical severance of vagus nerve fibers, performed to reduce acid secretion by the stomach.
Compare vagal block.
Origin of vagotomy
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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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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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