Meaning of insufflate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɪnsəfleɪt/


[with object]
  • 1Medicine
    Blow or breathe (air, vapour, or a powdered medicine) into or through a body 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In these patients, talc was insufflated and suction was applied until adhesions formed.’
    1. 1.1Blow or breathe something into or through (a part of the body).
      ‘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.’
      • ‘The surgeon introduces a Verres needle at the umbilicus and insufflates the peritoneum with carbon dioxide to a pressure of 12 mm Hg.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Theology
    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.