- 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
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- (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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
- 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.
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