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Snatiation is a term coined in jest to refer to the medical condition originally termed "stomach sneeze reflex", which is characterized by uncontrollable bursts of sneezing brought on by fullness of the stomach, typically immediately after a large meal. Other known causes include chocolate and strong mint. It is reported, based on a prelimininary study, to be passed along genetically as an autosomal dominant trait, as first described by Ahmad Teebi and Qasem Al-Saleh in 1989.[1] The term "snatiation", coined shortly thereafter in a humorous letter to the Journal of Medical Genetics by Judith G. Hall, is a portmanteau of the words sneeze and satiation.[2]

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  1. ^ Teebi AS, al-Saleh QA (August 1989). "Autosomal dominant sneezing disorder provoked by fullness of stomach". J. Med. Genet. 26 (8): 539–40. doi:10.1136/jmg.26.8.539. PMC 1015683. PMID 2769729.
  2. ^ Hall, J.G. (April 1990). "The SNATIATION reflex". J. Med. Genet. 27 (4): 275. doi:10.1136/jmg.27.4.275. PMC 1017036. PMID 2325110. Hall also provides the humorous backronym, Sneezing Non-controllably At a Time of Indulgence of the Appetite—a Trait Inherited and Ordained to be Named.

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