Stertorous Ster"to*rous (st[~e]r"t[-o]*r[u^]s), a. [L. stertere to snore: cf. F. stertoreux.] Characterized by a deep snoring, which accompanies inspiration in some diseases, especially apoplexy; hence, hoarsely breathing; snoring. [1913 Webster]

Burning, stertorous breath that hurt her cheek. --Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster]

The day has ebbed away, and it is night in his room, before his stertorous breathing lulls. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

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  • stertorous — 1802, from Mod.L. stertor (from L. stertere “to snore”) + OUS (Cf. ous) …   Etymology dictionary

  • stertorous — *loud, stentorian, earsplitting, hoarse, raucous, strident Analogous words: harsh, *rough …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • stertorous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of breathing) noisy and laboured. DERIVATIVES stertorously adverb. ORIGIN from Latin stertere to snore …   English terms dictionary

  • stertorous — adjective stertorous breathing makes a noisy sound: His breathing was stertorous but regular …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • stertorous — adjective Date: 1802 characterized by a harsh snoring or gasping sound • stertorously adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Stertorous — Medically used word expresses respiration characterized by a heavy snoring or gasping sound, i.e hoarsely breathingIt occurs in common with mouth breathing due to chronic nasal obstructionThe patient is called (stertor)ee also*Death rattle …   Wikipedia

  • stertorous — stertorously, adv. stertorousness, n. /sterr teuhr euhs/, adj. 1. characterized by stertor or heavy snoring. 2. breathing in this manner. [1795 1805; STERTOR + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • stertorous — adjective /ˈstəː.təɹ.əs,ˈstɝ.tɚ.əs/ Sounding like snoring or snorting. See Also: stertor …   Wiktionary

  • stertorous — Relating to or characterized by stertor or snoring. * * * ster·to·rous stərt ə rəs adj characterized by a harsh snoring or gasping sound ster·to·rous·ly adv * * * ster·to·rous (sturґtə rəs) characterized by snoring (stertor) …   Medical dictionary

  • stertorous — Synonyms and related words: asthmatic, brassy, brazen, breathing, choked, coarse, cracked, croaking, croaky, dry, errhine, expiratory, gruff, guttural, harsh, harsh sounding, heaving, hoarse, huffing, husky, inspiratory, metallic, nasal, panting …   Moby Thesaurus

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