noun. a mixed nerve that supplies the pharynx and larynx and lungs and heart and esophagus and stomach and most of the abdominal viscera.
- vagus nerve
- wandering nerve
- cranial nerve
- tenth cranial nerve
- pneumogastric nerve
- vagus (Latin)
Example sentences of the word vagus
1. Noun, singular or mass
These can include damage or irritation to the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain to the stomach and helps control breathing and swallowing.
2. Noun, plural
The overstimulation of your vagus nerve can lead to a drop in your pulse rate, and without enough blood going to your brain, you can get dizzy and faint — yep, on the toilet.
The parasympathetic nervous system controls many of these functions through 4 cranial nerves: the oculomotor, facial, glossopharyngeal and vagus nerves, which are also known as cranial nerves III, VII, IX and X.