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The therapeutic washing out of an organ.
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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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Zuckerbraun, "Diverting loop ileostomy and colonic lavage: an alternative to total abdominal colectomy for the treatment of severe, complicated Clostridium difficile associated disease," Annals of Surgery, vol.
Palpation of the colon and intraoperative colonic lavage and on-table colonoscopy are the only current diagnostic and therapeutic modalities available in the immediate perioperative time period.
He does a good job as the 1980s' most entertaining, cavalier roue, and his splendidly caddish voice-over is terrific (the phrase "colonic lavage", for instance, sticking in the memory as firmly as Clark's line about being "economic with the actualite").