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[in-suhf-leyt, in-suh-fleyt] /ɪnˈsʌf leɪt, ˈɪn səˌfleɪt/
verb (used with object), insufflated, insufflating.
to blow or breathe (something) in.
Medicine/Medical. to blow (air or a medicinal substance) into some opening or upon some part of the body.
Ecclesiastical. to breathe upon, especially upon one being baptized or upon the water of baptism.
Origin of insufflate
1650-60; < Late Latin insufflātus past participle of insufflāre to blow into or on. See in-2, sufflate
Related forms
insufflation, noun
insufflator, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for insufflator
Historical Examples
  • He took from his bag a long, registering chemical thermometer and an insufflator or powder-blower.

    John Thorndyke's Cases R. Austin Freeman
  • Corporal Kavaalen was going through the dead man's pockets, and Skinner was working on the rifle with an insufflator.

    Murder in the Gunroom Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for insufflator


(transitive) to breathe or blow (something) into (a room, area, etc)
(med) to blow (air, medicated powder, etc) into the lungs or into a body cavity
(transitive) to breathe or blow upon (someone or something) as a ritual or sacramental act, esp so as to symbolize the influence of the Holy Spirit
Derived Forms
insufflation, noun
insufflator, noun
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insufflator in Medicine

insufflate in·suf·flate (ĭn'sə-flāt', ĭn-sŭf'lāt')
v. in·suf·flat·ed, in·suf·flat·ing, in·suf·flates

  1. To blow into, especially to fill the lungs of an asphyxiated person with air, or to blow a medicated vapor, powder, or anesthetic into the lungs, or into any cavity or orifice of the body

  2. To treat by blowing a medicated powder, gas, or vapor into a bodily cavity.

in'suf·fla'tor n.
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