vagotomy

[vey-got-uh-mee]
noun, plural vagotomies.
the surgical severance of vagus nerve fibers, performed to reduce acid secretion by the stomach.
Compare vagal block.


Origin:
1900–05; vago- + -tomy

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vagotomy (væˈɡɒtəmɪ)
 
n , pl -mies
surgical division of the vagus nerve, performed to limit gastric secretion in patients with severe peptic ulcers
 
[C19: from vag(us) + -tomy]

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vagotomy va·got·o·my (vā-gŏt'ə-mē)
n.
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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Vagotomy, in which the vagus nerve is cut to interrupt messages from the brain that stimulate acid secretion in the stomach.
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