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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Definitions for sternutation

  1. the act of sneezing.

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Citations for sternutation
It was a high-pitched sneeze, a most delicate sternutation, the merest zephyr tangled in a pretty, powdered, finger-tip of a nose. Eric Linklater, Magnus Merriman, 1934
Would anyone believe that a simple sternutation could produce such ravages on a quadrupedal organism? It is extremely curious, is it not? Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, translated by Eleanor Marx Aveling, 1886
Origin of sternutation
1535-1545
Sternutation derives from the Latin verb sternuĕre meaning "to sneeze." It entered English in the mid-1500s.