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sternutation

[ stur-nyuh-tey-shuhn ]
/ ˌstɜr nyəˈteɪ ʃən /
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noun

the act of sneezing.

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Origin of sternutation

1535–45; <Latin sternūtātiōn- (stem of sternūtātiō), equivalent to sternūtāt(us) (past participle of sternūtāre, frequentative of sternuere to sneeze) + -iōn--ion
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Example sentences from the Web for sternutation

  • At the first sternutation the rats jumped up and looked about them, evidently considerably alarmed.

    Dick Cheveley|W. H. G. Kingston
  • Would anyone believe that a simple sternutation could produce such ravages on a quadrupedal organism?

    Madame Bovary|Gustave Flaubert
  • Would any one believe that a simple sternutation could produce such ravages on a quadrupedal organism?

    Madame Bovary|Gustave Flaubert

British Dictionary definitions for sternutation

sternutation
/ (ˌstɜːnjʊˈteɪʃən) /

noun

a sneeze or the act of sneezing

Word Origin for sternutation

C16: from Late Latin sternūtāre to sneeze, from sternuere to sputter (of a light)
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Medical definitions for sternutation

sternutation
[ stûr′nyə-tāshən ]

n.

The act of sneezing.
A sneeze.
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