[luh-vahzh, lav-ij]


a washing.
  1. cleansing by irrigation or the like.
  2. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lavage



med the washing out of a hollow organ by flushing with water

Word Origin for lavage

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).

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Medicine definitions for lavage


[lăvĭj, lä-väzh]


A washing, especially of a hollow organ such as the stomach or lower bowel, with repeated injections of water.
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