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 (stûr-nyo͞o′tə-tôr′ē, -no͞o′-)
Causing or tending to cause sneezing.
n. pl. ster·nu·ta·to·ries
A sternutatory substance, such as pepper.


(stɜːˈnjuːtətərɪ; -trɪ)
causing or having the effect of sneezing
n, pl -tories
an agent or substance that causes sneezing


(stərˈnu təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ˈnyu-)

adj., n., pl. -ries. adj.
1. Also, ster•nu′ta•tive. causing or tending to cause sneezing.
2. a sternutatory substance.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sternutatory - a chemical substance that causes sneezing and coughing and crying; "police used a sternutatory to subdue the mob"
chemical compound, compound - (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight
Adj.1.sternutatory - tending to cause sneezing
2.sternutatory - causing sneezing; "pepper is a sternutatory substance"
causative - producing an effect; "poverty as a causative factor in crime"
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Roots powder of Anacyclus pyrethrum is well known as sternutatory, sudorific and anti infectious (Doudach et al.
Sternutatory, 2008, titled after the agent that causes sneezing, was sheepishly hung at the entrance so that the gallery door, when open, concealed it.