[ stur-ter ]
/ ˈstɜr tər /
a heavy snoring sound accompanying respiration in certain diseases.
Origin of stertor
1795–1805; < Latin stert(ere) to snore + -or1
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Examples from the Web for stertor
In the coma of uræmia or of diabetes there is no true paralysis, nor is there stertor.
Coma with stertor, and a full, bounding pulse, indicates liberal bloodletting.Hard Cash|Charles Reade
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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Medicine definitions for stertor
[ stûr′tər ]
A heavy snoring inspiratory sound occurring in coma or deep sleep, sometimes due to obstruction of the larynx or upper airways.
Related formsster′to•rous adj.ster′to•rous•ly adv.
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