from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of insufflating.
  • n. Ecclesiastical A ritual act of breathing on baptismal water or on the one being baptized.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The action of breathing or blowing into or on.
  • n. The result of breathing or blowing into or on.
  • n. The ritual breathing onto the water used for baptism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The breathing upon a person in the sacrament of baptism to symbolize the inspiration of a new spiritual life.
  • n. The act of blowing (a gas, powder, or vapor) into any cavity of the body.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of blowing or breathing on or into.
  • n. Eccles., the act or ceremony of breathing upon (a person or thing), symbolizing the influence of the Holy Ghost and the expulsion of an evil spirit.
  • n. In medicine, the act of blowing air into the mouth of a new-born child to induce respiration, or of blowing a gas, vapor, or powder into some opening of the body.
  • n. The process of decorating pottery or porcelain by blowing color on the surface of the ware through a hollow tube over the end of which gauze has been stretched. See soufflé decoration, under soufflé.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an act of blowing or breathing on or into something
  • n. (medicine) blowing air or medicated powder into the lungs (or into some other body cavity)


From insufflate + -tion. (Wiktionary)



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