- a heavy snoring sound accompanying respiration in certain diseases.
Origin of stertor
1795–1805; < Latin stert(ere) to snore + -or1
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Coma with stertor, and a full, bounding pulse, indicates liberal bloodletting.Hard Cash
In the coma of uræmia or of diabetes there is no true paralysis, nor is there stertor.
- laborious or noisy breathing caused by obstructed air passages
C17: from New Latin, from Latin stertere to snore
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- 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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