Gavage vs. Lavage - What's the difference?


  • Gavage

    Force-feeding is the practice of feeding a human or other animal against their will. The term "gavage" ( ) refers to the supplying of a nutritional substance by means of a small plastic feeding tube passed through the nose (nasogastric) or mouth (orogastric) into the stomach. In hospitals, some psychiatric patients can also be restrained so that sedatives can be injected into them; this happens if patients have been non-compliant with their instructions.

  • Lavage

    In medicine, therapeutic irrigation or lavage ( lə-VAHZH or LAV-ij) is cleaning or rinsing. Specific types include: Antiseptic lavage Bronchoalveolar lavage Gastric lavage Peritoneal lavage Arthroscopic lavage Ductal lavage Nasal irrigation Ear lavage Pulsed lavage is delivering an irrigant (usually normal saline) under direct pressure that is produced by an electrically powered device, and is useful in cleaning e.g. chronic wounds.


  • Gavage (noun)

    A process of force-feeding a goose for foie gras

  • Gavage (noun)

    A process of force-feeding cattle for veal

  • Gavage (noun)

    Feeding by means of a tube passed into the stomach

  • Gavage (verb)

    To stuff or glut with something

  • Lavage (noun)

    A washing.

  • Lavage (noun)

    A washing of a hollow organ.

  • Lavage (verb)

    To wash a hollow organ

Oxford Dictionary

  • Gavage (noun)

    the administration of food or drugs by force, especially to an animal, typically through a tube leading down the throat to the stomach.

  • Lavage (noun)

    washing out of a body cavity, such as the colon or stomach, with water or a medicated solution.

Webster Dictionary

  • Gavage (noun)

    Forced feeding (as of poultry or infants) by means of a tube passed through the mouth down to the stomach.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Gavage (noun)

    feeding that consists of the delivery of a nutrient solution (as through a nasal tube) to someone who cannot or will not eat

  • Lavage (noun)

    washing out a hollow organ (especially the stomach) by flushing with water


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