Meaning of exsufflation in English:


Pronunciation /ˌɛksəˈfleɪʃ(ə)n/


mass noun
  • 1Medicine
    The removal of material from a body cavity (especially the lung) by blowing.

    ‘only 7.7% of patients required exsufflation or drainage’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Throughout the duration of exsufflation the membrane valve in the three-way connector is activated.’
    • ‘Modifications of the principle of exsufflation have been developed to increase the effectiveness of the method.’
  • 2 rare The action or process of breathing out; exhalation.

    ‘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.’
    emission, giving off, emanation, discharge
    1. 2.1Theology The action of blowing as a form of exorcism or to symbolize renunciation of the devil.
      ‘sometimes the exorcist used the rite of exsufflation’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Allusion is here made to the rite of exsufflation which formed a part of the early baptismal service.’


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