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Introduction of nutritive material into the stomach by means of a tube.

[French, from gaver, to force down the throat, ultimately from Old French gave, throat, from Vulgar Latin *gaba.]


(Agriculture) 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]



forced feeding, as by a flexible tube and a force pump.
[1885–90; < French]


forced feeding, either of animals or humans, by inserting a tube in the throat and using a force pump.
See also: Food and Nutrition
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gavage - feeding that consists of the delivery of a nutrient solution (as through a nasal tube) to someone who cannot or will not eat
alimentation, feeding - the act of supplying food and nourishment
nasogastric feeding - feeding consisting of delivering liquid nutrients through a tube passing through the nose and into the stomach
gastrogavage - feeding a nutrient solution into the stomach through a tube through a surgically created opening