One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Blow or breathe (air, vapour, or a powdered medicine) into or through a body cavity.
- ‘The gas then is insufflated into the vitreous cavity by a technique called gas/fluid exchange.’
- ‘It is one of the best ways to insufflate talc in the pleural cavity.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In these patients, talc was insufflated and suction was applied until adhesions formed.’
- 1.1 Blow or breathe something into or through (a part of the body).
- ‘We used a 50 milligram per millilitre solution of iodine and insufflated the external auditory canal with starch powder after allowing sufficient time for drying.’
- ‘The surgeon introduces a Verres needle at the umbilicus and insufflates the peritoneum with carbon dioxide to a pressure of 12 mm Hg.’
- ‘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.’
Breathe on (someone) to symbolize spiritual influence.
- ‘The task of cinema would be not to represent this but to actualise its trajectories, to insufflate the fiber of this transcendental universe.’
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’). insufflate (sense 2) dates from the early 20th century.
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