AskDefine | Define lavage

Dictionary Definition

lavage n : washing out a hollow organ (especially the stomach) by flushing with water

User Contributed Dictionary



lavage (Plural: lavages)
  1. A washing.
  2. A washing of an organ.

Extensive Definition

In medicine, lavage ( or /ˈlævˌɪdʒ/) (lə-VAHZH or LĂV-ĭj) is a general term referring to cleaning or rinsing. Specific types include:


The French noun lavage was imported intact into medical English. This explains the French-like pronunciation. However, the word has been more or less naturalized, which explains the naturalized variant pronunciation. The word comes from the French verb laver, "to wash", which comes from the Latin verb lavāre.
lavage in German: Lavage
lavage in French: Lavage
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