ga·​vage | \ gə-ˈväzh How to pronounce gavage (audio) , gä- \

Definition of gavage

: introduction of material into the stomach by a tube

Examples of gavage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In vivo evidence demonstrates that gavage feeding the honeysuckle decoction leads to a significant elevation of MIR2911 in mouse blood and lung. Chao Yan, Scientific American, 17 June 2020 The buttery duck or goose liver typically comes to the plate courtesy of a controversial process known as gavage, which sees birds force-fed multiple times a day to increase the richness of the pâté. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 16 July 2021 Individual videos or accounts matter less than categories or memes; at the moment, my feed is mostly clips of skateboarding, cooking, and carpentry, not unlike the mundanity of the Netflix shows but also accelerated into media gavage. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2020 The way he was fed was by continuous gavage (tube feeding). Annie Lane, oregonlive, 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of gavage

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gavage

French, from gaver to stuff, force-feed, from Middle French dialect (Picardy) gave gullet, crop

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ga·​vage | \ gə-ˈväzh, gä- How to pronounce gavage (audio) \

Medical Definition of gavage

: introduction of material into the stomach by a tube


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