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[vey-guh s]
noun, plural va·gi [vey-jahy, -gahy] /ˈveɪ dʒaɪ, -gaɪ/.
  1. vagus nerve.
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Origin of vagus

1830–40; < Latin: wandering
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vagus nerve

noun plural -gi (-dʒaɪ)
  1. the tenth cranial nerve, which supplies the heart, lungs, and viscera
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin vagus wandering
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Word Origin and History for vagus


plural vagi, 1840, from Latin vagus "wandering, straying" (see vague).

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vagus in Medicine


n. pl. va•gi (-gī, -jī)
  1. The vagus nerve.
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