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irrigate

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verb ir·ri·gate \ˈir-ə-ˌgāt\

Simple Definition of irrigate

  • : to supply (something, such as land) with water by using artificial means (such as pipes)

  • medical : to clean (a wound or a part of the body) with flowing liquid (such as water)

Full Definition of irrigate

ir·ri·gat·edir·ri·gat·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  wet, moisten: as a :  to supply (as land or crops) with water by artificial means b :  to flush (a body part) with a stream of liquid (as in removing a foreign body or medicating)

  3. 2 :  to refresh as if by watering

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to practice irrigation

ir·ri·ga·tor play \ˈir-ə-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of irrigate

  1. The surgeon irrigated the wound.

  2. <if you get the chemical in your eye, irrigate the eye thoroughly with water>



Origin of irrigate

Latin irrigatus, past participle of irrigare, from in- + rigare to water; perhaps akin to Old High German regan rain — more at rain


First Known Use: 1615

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IRRIGATE Defined for Kids

irrigate

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verb ir·ri·gate \ˈir-ə-ˌgāt\

Definition of irrigate

ir·ri·gat·edir·ri·gat·ing

  1. 1 :  to supply (as land) with water by artificial means <irrigate crops>

  2. 2 :  to clean with a flow of liquid <irrigate a wound>




Medical Dictionary

irrigate

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transitive verb ir·ri·gate \ˈir-ə-ˌgāt\

Medical Definition of irrigate

ir·ri·gat·edir·ri·gat·ing

  1. :  to flush (a body part) with a stream of liquid <irrigate the wound with saline to remove debris> <the eye was irrigated for 10 minutes following chemical exposure>

  2. ir·ri·ga·tion \ˌir-ə-ˈgā-shən\play noun





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