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1. The act of sneezing.
2. A sneeze.

[Middle English sternutacioun, from Latin sternūtātiō, sternūtātiōn-, from sternūtātus, past participle of sternūtāre, frequentative of sternuere, to sneeze.]
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(Physiology) a sneeze or the act of sneezing
[C16: from Late Latin sternūtāre to sneeze, from sternuere to sputter (of a light)]
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(ˌstɜr nyəˈteɪ ʃən)

the act of sneezing.
[1535–45; < Latin sternūtātiō <sternūtā(re), frequentative of sternuere to sneeze]
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1. the act of sneezing.
2. a sneeze. — sternutative, sternutatory, adj.
See also: Bodily Functions
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Noun1.sternutation - a symptom consisting of the involuntary expulsion of air from the nosesternutation - a symptom consisting of the involuntary expulsion of air from the nose
symptom - (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
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(7) The main clinical manifestations of a food allergy include mucocutaneous reactions (urticaria, angioedema, erythema, pruritus), reactions in the gastrointestinal tract (diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting), in the respiratory system (sternutation, rhinorrhea, cough, dyspnoea, sibilant rhonchi) and cardiovascular reactions (stunning, hypotension, syncope).
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