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puff

(pŭf),
A short blowing sound heard on auscultation, usually a systolic murmur heard over the heart.
See also: chromosome puffs.

puff

(pŭf)
n.
1.
a. A short forceful exhalation of breath.
b. A short sudden gust of wind.
c. A brief sudden emission of air, vapor, or smoke.
d. A short sibilant sound produced by a puff.
2. An act of drawing in and expelling the breath, as in smoking tobacco.
3. Genetics A localized region of swelling in certain chromosomes indicating the active synthesis of RNA.
v. puffed, puffing, puffs
v.intr.
1. To blow in puffs.
2. To breathe forcefully and rapidly: huffed and puffed up the stairs.
3. To take puffs on smoking material: puffing on a cigar.
v.tr.
1. To emit or give forth in puffs.
2. To smoke (a cigar, for example).
3. To fill with pride or conceit: The compliment puffed up his ego.

puff′i·ly adv.
puff′i·ness n.
puff′y adj.

puff

Molecular
Chromosome puff, see there.
 
Vox populi-UK
A usually derogatory slang term for a homosexual man.

puff

see CHROMOSOME PUFF.
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It can be used to conceal and diminish dark circles and puffiness under the eyes with mineral pigments that provide coverage while hiding signs of fatigue.
According to Supergoop!, "the cool tip applicator glides smoothly across the delicate eye area and minimizes the look of under-eye puffiness. After four weeks of use, 87% of consumers felt their eyes looked brighter and more well rested."
Products in the line include Super-C Cleanser to purify and exfoliate; Super-C Toner; Hyper-C Seruma, a concentrated formula that corrects discoloration and promotes collagen production to reveal an even complexion with visibly fewer fine lines and wrinkles; C-Lite Skin Tone Balancer that brightens and clarifies skin dulled by environmental exposure; Anti-Wrinkle Day Lotion SPF 30 that prevents harmful UVA damage to the skin caused by exposure to the sun; Creme, designed to reverse the skin aging process; Ultra-C Eye Lift to reduce puffiness and fine lines around the eyes; and a lotion.
It accelerates the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as puffiness, sagging, blotchiness or reddening of the skin.
Bobbi Brown's eye balm adds moisture and counteracts wrinkles, with shea butter to moisturise and plant extracts to fight puffiness. pounds 38 from Bobbi Brown at House of Fraser and John Lewis.
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For puffiness, place a wet tea bag over your eyes (uh, close 'em first) for 10 minutes.