[in-suhf-leyt, in-suh-fleyt]

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; < Late Latin insufflātus past participle of insufflāre to blow into or on. See in-2, sufflate
Related formsin·suf·fla·tion, nounin·suf·fla·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for insufflator

Historical Examples of insufflator

  • 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



(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 Formsinsufflation, nouninsufflator, noun
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insufflator in Medicine


[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.
Related formsinsuf•fla′tor n.
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