[ stur-ter ]
/ ˈstɜr tər /

noun Pathology.

a heavy snoring sound accompanying respiration in certain diseases.

Origin of stertor

1795–1805; < Latin stert(ere) to snore + -or1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stertor

/ (ˈstɜːtə) /


laborious or noisy breathing caused by obstructed air passages

Word Origin for stertor

C17: from New Latin, from Latin stertere to snore
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Medical definitions for stertor

[ stûrtər ]


A heavy snoring inspiratory sound occurring in coma or deep sleep, sometimes due to obstruction of the larynx or upper airways.

Other words from stertor

sterto•rous adj.sterto•rous•ly adv.
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