insufflation

noun

in·​suf·​fla·​tion ˌin(t)-sə-ˈflā-shən How to pronounce insufflation (audio)
in-ˈsə-ˌflā-
: an act or the action of blowing on, into, or in: such as
a
: a Christian ceremonial rite of exorcism performed by breathing on a person
b
medicine : the act of blowing something (such as a drug in powdered form) into a body cavity
specifically : the introduction of a flow of gas into a body cavity
abdominal insufflation with carbon dioxide
insufflate transitive verb

Examples of insufflation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As far back as the 15th century, physicians believed rectal insufflation had reanimating powers. Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza, Discover Magazine, 9 Oct. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English insufflacion, from Late Latin insufflation-, insufflatio, from insufflare to blow upon, from Latin in- + sufflare to inflate, from sub- + flare to blow — more at blow

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of insufflation was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Insufflation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/insufflation. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

insufflation

noun
in·​suf·​fla·​tion ˌin(t)-sə-ˈflā-shən, in-ˌsəf-ˈlā- How to pronounce insufflation (audio)
: the act of blowing something (as a drug in powdered form) into a body cavity
specifically : the introduction of a flow of gas into a body cavity
oxygen for tracheal gas insufflation
abdominal insufflation with carbon dioxide
insufflate transitive verb
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