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lavage

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

a washing.
Medicine/Medical.
  1. cleansing by irrigation or the like.
  2. the washing out of the stomach.

RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

lav, lava, lava lamp, lava-lava, lavabo, lavage, laval, laval, pierre, lavalava, lavalier, lavaliere

Origin of lavage

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

  • At the end of two or three days lavage of the cavity is gradually instituted.

    A System of Operative Surgery, Volume IV (of 4)|Various
  • His remedies—immediate regurgitation, lavage, neutralizing agent—were easy enough to master.

    The Status Civilization|Robert Sheckley
  • But he invariably preceded these with regurgitation, lavage, and neutralizing agent.

    The Status Civilization|Robert Sheckley

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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Word Origin and History for lavage

lavage


n.

"a washing," 1895, from French lavage, from laver "to wash" (see lave).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine 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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