Definition of stertorous in English:

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stertorous

Pronunciation: /ˈstəːt(ə)rəs/

adjective

(Of breathing) noisy and laboured: the breathing was becoming less stertorous a stertorous sigh
More example sentences
  • A 28 month old girl was referred with a 16 month history of failure to thrive, snoring, stertorous breathing, and, latterly, life threatening respiratory obstruction.
  • During one such conversation his last words were ‘there are just two other things…’ followed by unresponding, stertorous breathing.
  • Stertorous breathing may occur after epileptic convulsions, but does not typically occur after psychogenic non-epileptic convulsions.

Derivatives

stertorously

adverb
Example sentences
  • He breathed stertorously, and in his throat were the queer little gasping noises of one overwrought.
  • Lucy was breathing somewhat stertorously, and her face was at its worst, for the open mouth showed the pale gums.
  • The old gentleman, who was comfortably and perhaps even stertorously asleep in the corner, is now in the centre engaged in conversation with the young lieutenant.

Origin

Early 19th century: from modern Latin stertor 'snoring sound' (from Latin stertere 'to snore') + -ous.

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