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stertorous

Syllabification: ster·to·rous
Pronunciation: /ˈstərdərəs
 
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Definition of stertorous in English:

adjective

(Of breathing) noisy and labored.
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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

stertorously

1
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.

Words that rhyme with stertorous

uterusadulterous

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