Definition of sternutation in English:

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sternutation

Pronunciation: /ˌstərnyəˈtāSHən/

noun

formal
The action of sneezing.
Example sentences
  • According to mythology, the first sign of life Prometheus's artificial man gave was by sternutation.
  • Being unable to contain her excitement at the prospect of being walked, the dog suffers fits of sternutation whenever she sees her leash.
  • And all three forget their sectional differences in a delightful concert of sternutation.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin sternutatio(n-), from the verb sternutare, frequentative of sternuere 'to sneeze'.

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Syllabification: ster·nu·ta·tion

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