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The therapeutic washing out of an organ.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a medical procedure used to cleanse mechanically the walls and contents of such tubular organs as the vagina or urethra and surrounding tissues. A lavage may also be performed for therapeutic and preventive medical purposes; in such cases, it is based on the action of a chemical agent or temperature. Warm boiled water or solutions of various medicinal substances are used in the procedure.

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