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

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Definition of exsufflation in English:


[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
More example sentences
  • After exsufflation, secretions and mucus plugs are carried into the mouth and facemask.
  • A useful alternative to tracheal suctioning is the intervention provided by mechanical exsufflation.
  • Any delay in exsufflation and treatment can prove to be fatal.
2 rare The action or process of breathing out; exhalation.
Example sentences
  • The deflation starts simultaneously in both lungs, but after half a second, a limited exsufflation, a trapping slowly develops.
  • After exsufflation of about 260 ml of air the pressure became negative.
  • The maximum flow reached during the exsufflation was analyzed.
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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  • In exsufflation the devil is blown out who holds the little one guilty by infection of sin.
  • The Church would neither exorcise the children of the faithful nor subject them to the rite of exsufflation.
  • Luther retained the customary prebaptismal ceremonies of exsufflation, the giving of salt, and anointing.


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

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