- Sneezing is medically referred to as sternutation.
- The sneeze is one of the body's important infection fighting tools.
- A tickle in the nostril sends a message to your brain which in turn sends urgent messages to your abdominal and chest muscles, lungs, face, mouth, and nose to pull together to create a sneeze.
- Lungs involuntarily fill with air in preparation for a 100 mph sneeze to expel foreign substances.
- Many sneeze particles are so small that they are light enough to travel through the air where they land on objects, clothing, hair, food, or where they are transmitted directly from one mucous member to another without delay.
The definition of a sneeze is a reflex used to help expel objects in the nose to relieve irritation.
Facts About a Sneeze
An example of a sneeze is the loud expulsion of air from the mouth of a person with a head cold.
Origin of sneezeMiddle English snesen, probably echoic alteration of fnesen ; from Old English fneosan: for Indo-European base see pneuma
not to be sneezed at
intransitive verbsneezed, sneez·ing, sneez·es
Origin of sneezeMiddle English snesen, alteration of fnesen, from Old English fn&emacron;osan; see pneu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present sneezes, present participle sneezing, simple past sneezed or snoze, past participle sneezed or snozen)
- An act of sneezing.
From Middle English snesen (“to sneeze"), alteration of earlier fnesen (“to sneeze"), from Old English fnÄ“osan (“to snort, sneeze"), from Proto-Germanic *fneusanÄ… (“to sneeze, snort"), from Proto-Indo-European *pnew- (“to breathe, sneeze"). Cognate with Dutch dialectal fniezen (Modern Standard Dutch niezen, “to sneeze"), Old Norse fnÈ³sa (“to snort"); Middle English neosen (“to sneeze"), from Old Norse hnjÅsa (Swedish nysa, “to sneeze"), Old High German niosan (German niesen, “to sneeze").
The infrequency of the “fn" combination coupled with the visual similarity of an “f" and “Å¿" (long “s") assisted in ultimately turning “fneeze" into “Å¿neeze (sneeze)".