noun Pathology.
a heavy snoring sound accompanying respiration in certain diseases.

1795–1805; < Latin stert(ere) to snore + -or1 Unabridged
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stertor (ˈstɜːtə)
laborious or noisy breathing caused by obstructed air passages
[C17: from New Latin, from Latin stertere to snore]

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stertor ster·tor (stûr'tər)
A heavy snoring inspiratory sound occurring in coma or deep sleep, sometimes due to obstruction of the larynx or upper airways.

ster'to·rous adj.
ster'to·rous·ly adv.
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