Definition of insufflate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈinsəˌflāt/


[with object]
1 Medicine Blow (air, gas, or powder) into a cavity of the body.
Example sentences
  • Gas is insufflated through the catheter at various flow rates.
  • Once gastric placement was confirmed, 500 to 1000 mL of air was insufflated and the tube was advanced.
  • The gas then is insufflated into the vitreous cavity by a technique called gas/fluid exchange.
1.1Blow something into or through (a part of the body).
Example sentences
  • The surgeon insufflates (ie, injects gas into) the child's abdomen with carbon dioxide until a pressure of 10 mm Hg is achieved to create pneumoperitoneum.
  • They stacked the consecutively delivered air volumes, holding them with a closed glottis, until the lungs and chest walls were as deeply insufflated as possible.
  • The surgeon places a 10-mm port in the umbilicus and insufflates the abdomen with carbon dioxide to 15 mm of pressure.
2 Theology Blow or breathe on (someone) to symbolize spiritual influence.
Example sentences
  • The task of cinema would be not to represent this but to actualise its trajectories, to insufflate the fiber of this transcendental universe.



Pronunciation: /ˌinsəˈflāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • The overall success rate of air insufflation was greater than the overall success rate for metoclopramide.
  • In 1774, a medical doctor described a maneuver used to occlude the ‘gullet’ by applying pressure to the cricoid cartilage for preventing stomach insufflation when resuscitating near-drowning victims.
  • For patients not receiving narcotics, administering 10 mg of metoclopramide resulted in a higher success rate of postpyloric placement of feeding tubes than did air insufflation, although the difference was not significant.


Late 17th century: from late Latin insufflat- 'blown into', from the verb insufflare, from in- 'into' + sufflare 'blow' (from sub- 'from below' + flare 'to blow'). sense 2 dates from the early 20th century.

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Syllabification: in·suf·flate

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