Washing out of a body cavity, such as the colon or stomach, with water or a medicated solution.
- 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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