One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of breathing) noisy and labored.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Stertorous breathing may occur after epileptic convulsions, but does not typically occur after psychogenic non-epileptic convulsions.’
- ‘During one such conversation his last words were ‘there are just two other things…’ followed by unresponding, stertorous breathing.’
Early 19th century: from modern Latin stertor ‘snoring sound’ (from Latin stertere ‘to snore’) + -ous.
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