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Definitions for insufflate
ɪnˈsʌf leɪt, ˈɪn səˌfleɪtin·suf·flate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. insufflateverb

    breathe or blow onto as a ritual or sacramental act, especially so as to symbolize the action of the Holy Spirit

  2. insufflateverb

    treat by blowing a powder or vapor into a bodily cavity

  3. insufflateverb

    blow or breathe hard on or into


  1. insufflateverb

    To breathe or blow into or on.

  2. insufflateverb

    To treat by blowing a gas, vapor, or powder into a body cavity.

  3. insufflateverb

    To inhale (a powder etc.).

  4. insufflateverb

    To exhale upon baptismal water, or the one being baptised, as a ritual act.

  5. Etymology: From the past participle stem of insufflare, from in- + sufflare.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Insufflate

    in-suf′lāt, v.t. to breathe on.—ns. Insufflā′tion, the art of breathing on anything, or of blowing air to induce respiration, as into the mouth of a newborn child, esp. as a symbol of the outpouring of the Holy Ghost; In′sufflātor, a form of injector for forcing air into a furnace. [Through Low L., from L. in, in, sufflāre, to blow.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of insufflate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of insufflate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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