- 1 Medicine The removal of material from a body cavity (especially the lung) by blowing: only 7.7% of patients required exsufflation or drainageMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 exsufflationMore example sentences
- 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'.