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
1650–60;Related formsin·suf·fla·tion, nounin·suf·fla·tor, noun
< Late Latin insufflātus
past participle of insufflāre
to blow into or on. See in-2
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Examples from the Web for insufflation
Historical Examples of insufflation
This is usually done by the physician, as is, also, the insufflation of iodoform.
Insufflation consists in blowing an impalpable powder directly into the nose.
Insufflation in powder form was a common method of applying medicaments to the throat and nose.
Strenuous efforts must then be made to disinfect the trachea by the insufflation of antiseptics, either as powders or in solution.
The insufflation tube appears to have been left out, and there are no drones to be seen.
British Dictionary definitions for insufflation
Derived Formsinsufflation, nouninsufflator, noun
(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
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The act or an instance of insufflating.
A finely powdered or liquid inhalant drug.
Related formsin′suf•fla′tor n.
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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