- a washing.
- cleansing by irrigation or the like.
- the washing out of the stomach.
Origin of lavage
1890–95; < French: literally, a washing, equivalent to lav(er) to wash (< Latin lavāre) + -age -age
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Examples from the Web for lavage
His remedies—immediate regurgitation, lavage, neutralizing agent—were easy enough to master.
At the end of two or three days lavage of the cavity is gradually instituted.
But he invariably preceded these with regurgitation, lavage, and neutralizing agent.
- med the washing out of a hollow organ by flushing with water
C19: via French, from Latin lavāre to wash
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Word Origin and History for lavage
"a washing," 1895, from French lavage, from laver "to wash" (see lave).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A washing, especially of a hollow organ such as the stomach or lower bowel, with repeated injections of water.
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