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[luh-vahzh, lav-ij]
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  1. a washing.
  2. Medicine/Medical.
    1. cleansing by irrigation or the like.
    2. the washing out of the stomach.
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Origin of lavage

1890–95; < French: literally, a washing, equivalent to lav(er) to wash (< Latin lavāre) + -age -age
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Related Words for lavage

laundry, bath, soaking, bathing, ablution, maundy, lavage, lavation, fomentation, lavabo

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Historical Examples of lavage

  • His remedies—immediate regurgitation, lavage, neutralizing agent—were easy enough to master.

    The Status Civilization

    Robert Sheckley

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for lavage


  1. med the washing out of a hollow organ by flushing with water
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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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lavage in Medicine


(lăvĭj, lä-väzh)
  1. A washing, especially of a hollow organ such as the stomach or lower bowel, with repeated injections of water.
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