lavage

[ luh-vahzh, lav-ij ]
/ ləˈvɑʒ, ˈlæv ɪdʒ /

noun

a washing.
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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British Dictionary definitions for lavage

lavage
/ (ˈlævɪdʒ, læˈvɑːʒ) /

noun

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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Medical definitions for lavage

lavage
[ lăvĭj, lä-väzh ]

n.

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