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gavage

[guh-vahzh; French ga-vazh] /gəˈvɑʒ; French gaˈvaʒ/
noun
1.
forced feeding, as by a flexible tube and a force pump.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; < French, equivalent to gav(er) to stuff (Old French (dial.) gave gullet, throat) + -age -age
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British Dictionary definitions for gavage

gavage

/ˈɡævɑːʒ/
noun
1.
forced feeding by means of a tube inserted into the stomach through the mouth
Word Origin
C19: from French, from gaver, from Old French (dialect) gave throat
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Word Origin and History for gavage
n.

1889, from French gavage, from gaver "to stuff" (17c.; see gavotte).

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gavage in Medicine

gavage ga·vage (gə-väzh')
n.

  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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