noun ex·suf·fla·tion \ˌeksəˈflāshən\

Definition of exsufflation

  1. 1 :  the action of breathing forth or blowing; especially :  this action used as an exorcism in some rites of baptism

  2. 2 :  forcible breathing or blowing out (as in clearing the respiratory tract) :  forcible expiration

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Origin and Etymology of exsufflation

Late Latin exsufflation-, exsufflatio, from exsufflatus (past participle of exsufflare to blow away, from Latin ex- 1ex- + sufflare to inflate, blow upon) + Latin -ion-, -io -ion — more at sufflate

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