- characterized by stertor or heavy snoring.
- breathing in this manner.
Origin of stertorous
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Examples from the Web for stertorous
There was something ominous about the spasmodic and stertorous breathing.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
With that enigmatical comment he was silent save for stertorous breathing.Desert Dust
Edwin L. Sabin
He seemed in a profound stupor, but there was no stertorous breathing.Ladies-In-Waiting
Kate Douglas Wiggin
The only sound was the stertorous breathing of the unconscious guard.Gold in the Sky
Alan Edward Nourse
Anne shook him, but he did not awake, his breathing being slow and stertorous.The Trumpet-Major
- marked or accompanied by heavy snoring
- breathing in this way
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Word Origin and History for stertorous
1802, from Modern Latin stertor (from Latin stertere "to snore") + -ous.
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