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Word of the week – sternutation

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sternutation; noun

the act, fact, or noise of sneezing

Example Sentence:

Julie knew that she had put on too much perfume when she entered the car and immediately heard a chorus of sternutation from the passengers.

Did you know?

“Sternutation” comes from Latin and is a descendant of the verb “sternuere,” meaning “to sneeze.” One of the earliest known English uses occurred in a 16th-century edition of a book on midwifery, in a passage about infants suffering from frequent “sternutation and sneesynge.”

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