[ in-suhf-leyt, in-suh-fleyt ]
/ ɪnˈsʌf leɪt, ˈɪn səˌfleɪt /

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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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