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