\Ster"to*rous\, a. [L. stertere to snore: cf. F.
Characterized by a deep snoring, which accompaines
inspiration in some diseases, especially apoplexy; hence,
hoarsely breathing; snoring.
Burning, stertorous breath that hurt her cheek. --Mrs.
The day has ebbed away, and it is night in his room,
before his stertorous breathing lulls. --Dickens.