Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[vey-got-uh-mee] /veɪˈgɒt ə mi/
noun, plural vagotomies.
the surgical severance of vagus nerve fibers, performed to reduce acid secretion by the stomach.
Compare vagal block.
Origin of vagotomy
1900-05; vago- + -tomy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for vagotomy


noun (pl) -mies
surgical division of the vagus nerve, performed to limit gastric secretion in patients with severe peptic ulcers
Word Origin
C19: from vag(us) + -tomy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
vagotomy in Medicine

vagotomy va·got·o·my (vā-gŏt'ə-mē)
Surgical division of fibers of the vagus nerve, used to diminish acid secretion of the stomach and control a duodenal ulcer.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for vagotomy

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for vagotomy

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for vagotomy