from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To blow or breathe into or on.
- transitive v. To treat medically by blowing a powder, gas, or vapor into a bodily cavity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To breathe or blow into or on.
- v. To treat by blowing a gas, vapor, or powder into a body cavity.
- v. To inhale (a powder etc.).
- v. To exhale upon baptismal water, or the one being baptised, as a ritual act.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. To blow upon; to breath upon or into; to use insufflation upon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To blow into; specifically, in medicine, to treat by insufflation. See insufflation, 3.
- Eccles., to breathe upon, especially upon catechumens or the water of baptism. See insufflation, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. breathe or blow onto as a ritual or sacramental act, especially so as to symbolize the action of the Holy Spirit
- v. treat by blowing a powder or vapor into a bodily cavity
- v. blow or breathe hard on or into
Latin īnsufflāre, īnsufflāt- : in-, into; see in-2 + sufflāre, to inflate; see soufflé.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the past participle stem of Latin insufflare, from in- + sufflare ("blow on"). (Wiktionary)