sternutation

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

noun

the act of sneezing.

Nearby words

  1. sternotomy,
  2. sternovertebral,
  3. sternpost,
  4. sternson,
  5. sternum,
  6. sternutator,
  7. sternutatory,
  8. sternward,
  9. sternwards,
  10. sternway

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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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

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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Medicine definitions for sternutation

sternutation

[ stûr′nyə-tāshən ]

n.

The act of sneezing.
A sneeze.

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