Definition of lavation
: the act or an instance of washing or cleansing
Did You Know?
It sounds logical that you would perform a "lavation" in a "lavatory," doesn't it? And it is logical: both words come from Latin lavare, meaning, appropriately, "to wash." English picked up a few other words from this root as well. In medicine, the therapeutic washing out of an organ is "lavage." There is also "lavabo" (in Latin, literally, "I shall wash"), which in English can refer to a ceremony at Mass in which the celebrant washes his hands, to the basin used in this religious ceremony, or to other kinds of basins. Even the word lavish, via a Middle French word for a downpour of rain, comes to us from "lavare."
Origin of lavation
Middle English lavacioun, from Latin lavation-, lavatio, from lavare
First Known Use: 15th century
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