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

First recorded in 1900–05; vago- + -tomy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for vagotomy


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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vagotomy in Medicine




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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