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 Jimenez was also able to work remotely from Hotel Influenza, taking meetings in between the occasional blood draw and nasal lavage. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 24 May 2022 Gastric lavage — Otherwise known as stomach pumping. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 May 2022 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, 24 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, 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,, 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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29 May 2022

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“Lavage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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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


transitive verb
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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