transitive verb-·flat·ed, -·flat·ing
- to blow or breathe into or on
- Med. to blow (a powder, vapor, air, etc.) into a cavity of the body
Origin of insufflatefrom Classical Latin insufflatus, past participle of insufflare, to blow or breathe into from in-, in + sufflare, to blow from below from sub-, under + flare, to blow
transitive verbin·suf·flat·ed, in·suf·flat·ing, in·suf·flates
- To blow or breathe into or on.
- To treat medically by blowing a powder, gas, or vapor into a bodily cavity.
Origin of insufflateLatin īnsufflāre īnsufflāt- in- into ; see in- 2. sufflāre to inflate ; see soufflé .
(third-person singular simple present insufflates, present participle insufflating, simple past and past participle insufflated)
- To breathe or blow into or on.
- (medicine) To treat by blowing a gas, vapor, or powder into a body cavity.
- (medicine) To inhale (a powder etc.).
- (ecclesiastical) To exhale upon baptismal water, or the one being baptised, as a ritual act.
From the past participle stem of Latin insufflare, from in- + sufflare (“blow on”).