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Pronunciation: am-big′yū-ŭs


  1. Having more than one interpretation.
  2. In anatomy, wandering; having more than one direction.
  3. In neuroanatomy, applied to a nucleus (nucleus ambiguus) supplying special visceral efferent fibers to the vagus and glossopharyngeal nerves.

[L. ambiguus, fr. ambigo, to wander]

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