Oscitation

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Medical Definition of Oscitation

Oscitation: The act of yawning, the involuntary opening of the mouth with respiration, breathing first inward, then outward.

Yawning is often caused by suggestion. Repeated yawning is commonly a sign of drowsiness. It can also sometimes be a sign of depression.


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Reviewed on 6/9/2016

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