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Princeton's WordNet

  1. insufflation(noun)

    (medicine) blowing air or medicated powder into the lungs (or into some other body cavity)

  2. insufflation(noun)

    an act of blowing or breathing on or into something


  1. insufflation(Noun)

    The action of breathing or blowing into or on.

  2. insufflation(Noun)

    The result of breathing or blowing into or on.

  3. insufflation(Noun)

    The ritual breathing onto the water used for baptism

  4. Origin: From insufflate + -tion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insufflation(noun)

    the act of breathing on or into anything

  2. Insufflation(noun)

    the breathing upon a person in the sacrament of baptism to symbolize the inspiration of a new spiritual life

  3. Insufflation(noun)

    the act of blowing (a gas, powder, or vapor) into any cavity of the body

  4. Origin: [L. insuffatio: cf. F. insuffation. See In- in, and Sufflation.]


  1. Insufflation

    Insufflation is the practice of inhaling a substance. Insufflation has medical use as a route of administration for many respiratory drugs used to treat conditions in the lungs and paranasal sinus. The technique is common for many recreational drugs and is also used for some entheogens. Nasal insufflation is commonly used for many psychoactive drugs because it causes a much faster onset than orally, and bioavailability is usually, but not always, higher than orally. This bioavailability occurs due to the quick absorption of molecules into the bloodstream through the soft tissue in the mucous membrane of the sinus cavity and portal circulation bypass. Some drugs have a higher rate of absorption, and are thus more effective in smaller doses, through this route. Prodrugs, drugs that are metabolized or activated by the liver, should not be insufflated, because they need to be metabolized by the liver to break down into the compounds that are active.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Insufflation

    The act of blowing a powder, vapor, or gas into any body cavity for experimental, diagnostic, or therapeutic purposes.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of insufflation in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of insufflation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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