[guh-vahzh; French ga-vazh]
forced feeding, as by a flexible tube and a force pump.

1885–90; < French, equivalent to gav(er) to stuff (Old French (dial.) gave gullet, throat) + -age -age Unabridged
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gavage (ˈɡævɑːʒ)
forced feeding by means of a tube inserted into the stomach through the mouth
[C19: from French, from gaver, from Old French (dialect) gave throat]

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gavage ga·vage (gə-väzh')

  1. The introduction of nutritive material into the stomach by means of a tube. Also called gastrogavage.

  2. The therapeutic use of a high-potency diet.

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