Definition of exsufflation in English:


Line breaks: ex|suf|fla¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌɛksəˈfleɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 1 Medicine The removal of material from a body cavity (especially the lung) by blowing: only 7.7% of patients required exsufflation or drainage
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    • Modifications of the principle of exsufflation have been developed to increase the effectiveness of the method.
    • Throughout the duration of exsufflation the membrane valve in the three-way connector is activated.
    • Any delay in exsufflation and treatment can prove to be fatal.
  • 2 rare The action or process of breathing out; exhalation.
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    • The maximum flow reached during the exsufflation was analyzed.
    • After exsufflation of about 260 ml of air the pressure became negative.
    • The deflation starts simultaneously in both lungs, but after half a second, a limited exsufflation, a trapping slowly develops.
  • 2.1 Theology The action of blowing as a form of exorcism or to symbolize renunciation of the devil: sometimes the exorcist used the rite of exsufflation
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    • Allusion is here made to the rite of exsufflation which formed a part of the early baptismal service.
    • Luther retained the customary prebaptismal ceremonies of exsufflation, the giving of salt, and anointing.
    • The Church would neither exorcise the children of the faithful nor subject them to the rite of exsufflation.


early 16th century: late Latin, from the verb exsufflare, from ex- 'out' + sufflare 'to blow'.

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