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[mass noun] The action of sneezing.
- ‘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.’
- ‘According to mythology, the first sign of life Prometheus's artificial man gave was by sternutation.’
Late Middle English: from Latin sternutatio(n-), from the verb sternutare, frequentative of sternuere to sneeze.
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