[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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gavage



forced feeding by means of a tube inserted into the stomach through the mouth

Word Origin for gavage

C19: from French, from gaver, from Old French (dialect) gave throat
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Word Origin and History for gavage

1889, from French gavage, from gaver "to stuff" (17c.; see gavotte).

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gavage in Medicine




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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