[ stur-nyuh-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌstɜr nyəˈteɪ ʃən /


the act of sneezing.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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

British Dictionary definitions for sternutation


/ (ˌstɜːnjʊˈteɪʃən) /


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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Medicine definitions for sternutation


[ stûr′nyə-tāshən ]


The act of sneezing.
A sneeze.
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