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 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, "“Emily in Paris” and the Rise of Ambient TV," 16 Nov. 2020 The way he was fed was by continuous gavage (tube feeding). Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Readers offer advice for woman with digestive issues," 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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The first known use of gavage was in 1889

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“Gavage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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