- a temporary suspension of breathing, occurring in some newborns (infant apnea) and in some adults during sleep (sleep apnea).
Origin of apnea
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Examples from the Web for apnoea
There appears to be a complete paralysis, and death from apnoea seems to be imminent.
In occasional instances, chiefly in children, it terminates fatally by apnoea from extension of the membrane into the larynx.
Later, when the danger to life from apnoea becomes more imminent, a hissing or whistling sound succeeds.
Their paralysis is very ominous, and may prove fatal in a short time from apnoea.
When the temperature is at about 16 C., the periods of apnoea in the gradually awaking animal are very short and infrequent.
- a temporary inability to breathe
C18: from New Latin, from Greek apnoia, from a- 1 + pnein to breathe
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Word Origin and History for apnoea
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- Temporary absence or cessation of breathing.
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- The temporary absence or cessation of breathing.
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