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am·big·u·ous

(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]

ambiguous

[ambig′yo̅o̅·əs]
Etymology: L, ambiguus, to wander
having more than one direction, development, or interpretation or meaning.

ambiguous

adjective Having more than 1 possible meaning; equivocal.

am·big·u·ous

(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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