lavation

noun

la·​va·​tion lā-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce lavation (audio)
: the act or an instance of washing or cleansing

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Lavation Has Latin Roots

It sounds logical that you would perform a lavation in a lavatory, doesn't it? And it is logical: both words come from Latin lavare, meaning, appropriately, "to wash." English picked up a few other words from this root as well. In medicine, the therapeutic washing out of an organ is lavage. There is also lavabo (in Latin, literally, "I shall wash"), which in English can refer to a ceremony at Mass in which the celebrant washes his hands, to the basin used in this religious ceremony, or to other kinds of basins. Even the word lavish, via a Middle French word for a downpour of rain, comes to us from lavare.

Word History

Etymology

Middle English lavacioun, from Latin lavation-, lavatio, from lavare

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lavation was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lavation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lavation. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

lavation

noun
la·​va·​tion lā-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce lavation (audio)
: the act or an instance of washing or cleansing
lavational adjective
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