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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
Sternutation derives from the Latin verb sternuĕre meaning "to sneeze." It entered English in the mid-1500s.