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a combining form meaning “breath, respiration,” used in the formation of compound words that denote a kind of breathing or condition of the respiratory system, as specified by the initial element:
dyspnea; hyperpnea.
Also, -pnoea.
Origin of -pnea
< Greek -pnoia, akin to pneîn to breathe; cf. pneuma Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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-pnea in Medicine

-pnea suff.
Breath; respiration: dyspnea.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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