[ in-suhf-leyt, in-suh-fleyt ]
/ ɪnˈsʌf leɪt, ˈɪn səˌfleɪt /
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verb (used with object), in·suf·flat·ed, in·suf·flat·ing.

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.



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Origin of insufflate

First recorded in 1650–60; from Late Latin insufflātus, past participle of insufflāre “to blow into or on”; see origin at in-2, sufflate


in·suf·fla·tion, nounin·suf·fla·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for insufflate

/ (ˈɪnsʌˌfleɪt) /


(tr) 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
(tr) 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 of insufflate

insufflation, nouninsufflator, noun
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Medical definitions for insufflate

[ ĭnsə-flāt′, ĭn-sŭflāt′ ]


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

Other words from insufflate

insuf•fla′tor n.
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