: the action of breathing forth or blowing
especially : this action used as an exorcism in some rites of baptism
: forcible breathing or blowing out (as in clearing the respiratory tract) : forcible expiration

Word History


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

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“Exsufflation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exsufflation. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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