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

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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,, "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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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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