- \ster-nyuh-TAY-shun\ • (noun)
: the act, fact, or noise of sneezing
During cold and flu season, a chorus of sternutation could be heard around the office as employees gave in to fits of sneezing.
Did you know?
"Sternutation" comes from Latin, a descendant of the verb "sternuere," meaning "to sneeze." One of the earliest known English uses occurred in a 16th-century edition of a medical book on the subject of midwifery, in a passage about infants suffering from frequent "sternutation and sneesynge." The term has long been used in serious medical contexts, but it has also been used for humorous effect. In 1850, for example, author Grace Greenwood observed that U.S. senators of divergent politics came together to share snuff: "A Whig may be seen passing his (snuff) box to a Democrat, who passes it to a Southern ultraist, who passes it to a Northern 'incendiary.' And all three forget their sectional differences in a delightful concert of sternutation. No business is too grave; no speaker too elegant to be sneezed at."
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