[guh-vahzh; French ga-vazh]
- forced feeding, as by a flexible tube and a force pump.
Origin of gavage
1885–90; < French, equivalent to gav(er) to stuff (Old French (dial.) gave gullet, throat) + -age -age
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- forced feeding by means of a tube inserted into the stomach through the mouth
C19: from French, from gaver, from Old French (dialect) gave throat
Word Origin and History for gavage
1889, from French gavage, from gaver "to stuff" (17c.; see gavotte).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The introduction of nutritive material into the stomach by means of a tube.gastrogavage
- The therapeutic use of a high-potency diet.
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