noun Pathology.

hyperexcitability of the vagus nerve, producing bradycardia, decreased heart output, and faintness.

Nearby words

  1. vagodepressor,
  2. vagolysis,
  3. vagolytic,
  4. vagomimetic,
  5. vagotomy,
  6. vagotonic,
  7. vagotropic,
  8. vagovagal,
  9. vagrancy,
  10. vagrant

Origin of vagotonia

First recorded in 1910–15; vago- + -tonia

Related formsva·go·ton·ic [vey-guh-ton-ik] /ˌveɪ gəˈtɒn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vagotonic

  • But we have here simply one of the vagotonic activities mentioned previously.

    Psychoanalysis|Andr Tridon
  • In peaceful sleep, we observe that the vagotonic functions hold full sway.

    Psychoanalysis|Andr Tridon

British Dictionary definitions for vagotonic



pathological overactivity of the vagus nerve, affecting various bodily functions controlled by this nerve

Word Origin for vagotonia

C19: from vag (us) + -tonia, from Latin tonus tension, tone

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Medicine definitions for vagotonic




Overactivity or irritability of the vagus nerve, adversely affecting function of the blood vessels, stomach, and muscles.sympathetic imbalance
Related formsva′go•tonic (-tŏnĭk) adj.

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