[ ster-noo-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -nyoo- ]
/ stərˈnu təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ˈnyu- /
Also ster·nu·ta·tive. causing or tending to cause sneezing.
noun, plural ster·nu·ta·to·ries.
a sternutatory substance.
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Example sentences from the Web for sternutatory
The powder of the dried nuts was at one time prescribed as a sternutatory (to encourage sneezing) in the Edinburgh Pharmacopoeia.
It is now almost solely used as a sternutatory or errhine, and is probably one of the best.
British Dictionary definitions for sternutatory
/ (stɜːˈnjuːtətərɪ, -trɪ) /
adjective Also: sternutative
causing or having the effect of sneezing
noun plural -tories
an agent or substance that causes sneezing
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Medical definitions for sternutatory
[ stûr-nyōō′tə-tôr′ē, -nōō′- ]
Causing or producing sneezing.
A sternutatory substance, such as pepper.
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