verb (insufflat, ing)
- (transitive) To breathe or blow into or on.
- (context, transitive, medicine) To treat by blowing a gas, vapor, or powder into a body cavity.
- (context, transitive, medicine) To inhale (a powder etc.).
Etymology: From the past participle stem of (term, insufflare, lang=la), from (term, in-, lang=la) + (term, sufflare, , blow on).
- 2001: Cocaine is usually taken by insufflating the white powdered cocaine sulphate into the nose, which leads to rapid absorption of the drug into the bloodstream. " Leslie Iversen, Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2001, p. 98)
- (context, transitive, ecclesiastical) To exhale upon baptismal water, or the one being baptised, as a ritual act.
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