[ guh-vahzh; French ga-vazh ]
/ gəˈvɑʒ; French gaˈvaʒ /
forced feeding, as by a flexible tube and a force pump.
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Origin of gavage
1885–90; <French, equivalent to gav(er) to stuff (Old French (dial.) gave gullet, throat) + -age-age
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British Dictionary definitions for gavage
/ (ˈɡævɑːʒ) /
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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Medical definitions for gavage
[ gə-väzh′ ]
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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