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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a mixed nerve that supplies the pharynx and larynx and lungs and heart and esophagus and stomach and most of the abdominal viscera [syn: vagus, vagus nerve, nervus vagus, pneumogastric, pneumogastric nerve, tenth cranial nerve, wandering nerve]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: New Latin vagus nervus, literally, wandering nerve Date: 1856 either of the 10th pair of cranial nerves that arise from the medulla and supply chiefly the viscera especially with autonomic sensory and motor fibers called also vagus



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