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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.]


(Physiology) a sneeze or the act of sneezing
[C16: from Late Latin sternūtāre to sneeze, from sternuere to sputter (of a light)]


(ˌstɜr nyəˈteɪ ʃən)

the act of sneezing.
[1535–45; < Latin sternūtātiō <sternūtā(re), frequentative of sternuere to sneeze]


1. the act of sneezing.
2. a sneeze. — sternutative, sternutatory, adj.
See also: Bodily Functions
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Sternutation is the medical term for which involuntary action in humans?
Anne suffers not from an excess of husbandly devotion, the kind that results in gifts every Valentine's Day of outsized teddy bears, but from sternutation, an ostentatious word for sneezing.
Instead of relishing that little twinge in your nose you know is going to be followed by a full-on sternutation (that's a posh word for sneeze), I wince at the pain that is going to come.