- 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
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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
- a sneeze or the act of sneezing
C16: from Late Latin sternūtāre to sneeze, from sternuere to sputter (of a light)
- The act of sneezing.
- A sneeze.
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