lavage

noun
la·​vage | \ lə-ˈväzh How to pronounce lavage (audio) , British usually ˈla-vij \

Definition of lavage

: washing especially : the therapeutic washing out of an organ or part

Examples of lavage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Doctors collected samples of fluid from her lungs using what's known as a bronchoalveolar lavage, and tested that fluid for SARS-CoV-2. Kristen Jordan Shamus, USA TODAY, "Woman who died after transplant surgery got COVID-19 from donated lungs, study finds," 24 Feb. 2021 Doctors collected samples of fluid from her lungs using what's known as a bronchoalveolar lavage, and tested that fluid for SARS-CoV-2. Kristen Jordan Shamus, USA TODAY, "Woman who died after transplant surgery got COVID-19 from donated lungs, study finds," 24 Feb. 2021 Doctors collected samples of fluid from her lungs using what's known as a bronchoalveolar lavage, and tested that fluid for SARS-CoV-2. Kristen Jordan Shamus, USA TODAY, "Woman who died after transplant surgery got COVID-19 from donated lungs, study finds," 24 Feb. 2021 Doctors collected samples of fluid from her lungs using what's known as a bronchoalveolar lavage, and tested that fluid for SARS-CoV-2. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Woman who died after transplant surgery at U-M got COVID-19 from donated lungs," 23 Feb. 2021 For the study, health investigators collected bronchoalveolar lavage fluid samples—that is fluid flushed into and then recollected from the lung through a tube inserted into the mouth or nose. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Vitamin E acetate found in all lung fluid samples tested from injured vapers," 8 Nov. 2019 To catch it early, Dr. Shohreh Shahabi, chief of gynecologic oncology at Northwestern Medicine, is experimenting with a procedure known as uterine lavage. Claire Altschuler, chicagotribune.com, "Racing against cancer: New efforts to save lives with early detection," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of lavage

circa 1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lavage

French, from Middle French, from laver to wash, from Latin lavare

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The first known use of lavage was circa 1895

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30 Mar 2021

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“Lavage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lavage. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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lavage

noun
la·​vage | \ lə-ˈväzh, British usually ˈlav-ij \

Medical Definition of lavage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or action of washing especially : the therapeutic washing out of an organ or part gastric lavage
lavaged; lavaging

Medical Definition of lavage (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to wash or wash out therapeutically lavaged the bladder with water the incisions were lavaged with sterile saline
2 : to perform lavage on she was intubated, lavaged, and received activated charcoal— R. Rasmussen & P. E. McKinney

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