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 (lă-vā′shən, lā-)
The process of washing; a cleansing.

[Latin lavātiō, lavātiōn-, from lavātus, past participle of lavāre, to wash; see lave.]
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formal or literary the act or process of washing
[C17: from Latin lavātio, from lavāre to wash]
laˈvational adj
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(leɪˈveɪ ʃən)

the process of washing.
[1620–30; < Latin lavātiō a washing =lavā(re) to wash + -tiō -tion]
la•va′tion•al, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lavation - the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)lavation - the work of cleansing (usually with soap and water)
washup, bathing - the act of washing yourself (or another person)
ablution - the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
dishwashing, washup - the act of washing dishes
washing-up - the washing of dishes etc after a meal
window-washing - the activity of washing windows
rinse - washing lightly without soap
soak, soaking - washing something by allowing it to soak
rinsing, rinse - the removal of soap with clean water in the final stage of washing
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
laundering - washing clothes and bed linens
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Han, "A clinical study on treating ulcerative colitis by lavation of Kangfuxin liquid," Journal of Medical Informatics, vol.
Either micellar copolymerization or reverse microemulsion copolymerization requires many procedures, e.g., demulsification, lavation, and drying to get the final product, so the cost of production is comparatively high.
Wench and Mars Gumbo, a bear-like man and Wench's nominal superior as science editor at the Daily Parade, are sympathetic to the dissident cause, especially after the veep Cinder announces a new government program called: Biopsychic Lavation for Intensified Stimulation of Superego or "BLISS" for short.