Definition of lavage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ləˈväZH/
Pronunciation: /ˈlavij/


Washing out of a body cavity, such as the colon or stomach, with water or a medicated solution.
Example sentences
  • Active core rewarming also can be accomplished by warm lavage of several body cavities.
  • The patient would probably benefit from doing transbronchial biopsies with the lavage if that is the prime consideration.
  • Pulmonary compromise was induced by repeated normal saline solution lavage.


Late 18th century (in the general sense 'washing, a wash'): from French, from laver 'to wash'.

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Syllabification: la·vage

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