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noun Pathology.
  1. a heavy snoring sound accompanying respiration in certain diseases.
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Origin of stertor

1795–1805; < Latin stert(ere) to snore + -or1
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Historical Examples of stertor

  • Coma with stertor, and a full, bounding pulse, indicates liberal bloodletting.

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    Charles Reade

  • In the coma of uræmia or of diabetes there is no true paralysis, nor is there stertor.

British Dictionary definitions for stertor


  1. laborious or noisy breathing caused by obstructed air passages
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Word Origin for stertor

C17: from New Latin, from Latin stertere to snore
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stertor in Medicine


  1. A heavy snoring inspiratory sound occurring in coma or deep sleep, sometimes due to obstruction of the larynx or upper airways.
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Related formssterto•rous adj.sterto•rous•ly adv.
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