the surgical severance of vagus nerve fibers, performed to reduce acid secretion by the stomach.
- Compare vagal block.
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British Dictionary definitions for vagotomy
surgical division of the vagus nerve, performed to limit gastric secretion in patients with severe peptic ulcers
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