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or apnoea

[ap-nee-uh, ap-nee-uh] /ˈæp ni ə, æpˈni ə/
noun, Pathology.
a temporary suspension of breathing, occurring in some newborns (infant apnea) and in some adults during sleep (sleep apnea)
Origin of apnea
1710-20; < New Latin apnoea < Greek ápnoia, equivalent to ápno(os) breathless (a- a-6 + pno-, variant stem of pneîn to breathe + -os adj. suffix) + -ia -ia
Related forms
apneal, apneic, apnoeal, apnoeic, adjective Unabridged
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Word Origin and History for apnea

"suspension of breathing," also apnoea, 1719, Modern Latin, from Greek apnoia "absence of respiration," from apnos "without breathing," from a- "not" (see a- (3)) + pnein "to breathe" (see pneuma).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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apnea in Medicine

apnea ap·ne·a (āp'nē-ə, āp-nē'ə)
Temporary absence or cessation of breathing.

ap·ne'ic adj. & n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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apnea in Science
  (āp'nē-ə, āp-nē'ə)   
The temporary absence or cessation of breathing.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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