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Why Do We Sneeze?

Have you ever wondered why we sneeze? Let’s get to the bottom of this.

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Localization of the “sneeze center”

“The existence of distinct sneeze-evoking centers in the brainstem has been demonstrated in cats, represented bilaterally along the ventromedial spinal trigeminal nuclei and in the adjacent pontomedullary lateral reticular formation.”

Why do we sneeze?

Sneeze: to make a sudden violent spasmodic audible expiration of breath through the nose and mouth, especially as a reflex act.

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