Apanavayu, aka: Apana-vayu, Apānavāyu; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Ayurveda (science of life)

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Apānavāyu (अपानवायु):—A Sanskrit technical term referring to “general movements”, it is one of the five upadoṣa (sub functions) of Vāta or Vāyu (one of the three doṣas). A doṣa is a basic component of life. The compound Apānavāyu is composed of the words Apāna (‘downwards’) and Vāyu (‘breath’). It is also known as Apānavāta. These terms are used throughout Āyurvedic literature such as the Caraka-saṃhitā and the Suśruta-saṃhitā. Āyurveda is India’s classical science of medicine.

Source: Wisdom Library: Āyurveda and botany

The Vāyu known as the Apāna acts in the lower region of the intestines (Pakvādhāna). Its functions consist in bearing down the fœtus and the fæces and in evacuating the urine, semen and catamenial blood. An enraged condition of this Vāyu tends to bring on serious diseases, which are peculiar to the urinary bladder and the distal portion of the large intestine (Guda). An aggravated condition of both the Vyāna and Apāna Vāyus may produce Prameha and disorders of the seminal fluid, while a simultaneous excitement of the five vital Vāyus leads to a sure and speedy termination of life.

The Apāna is identical with the force of the Hypogastric plexus.

Source: archive.org: Sushruta samhita, Volume II

Apānavāyu circulates below the umbilicus and is located at about the region of the bladder, performing the functions of absorbing nutrients from digested food and eliminating the waste products from the body via purīṣa (stool) and mūtra (urine).

Source: PMC: Ayurvedic management of postlumbar myelomeningocele surgery
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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apānavāyu (अपानवायु).—m or, by abridgment, apāna m (S) The air stationed or seated in the anus, one of the pañcaprāṇa or five vital airs. 2 Ventris crepitus.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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