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noun
  1. See under apnea.

Origin of sleep apnea

First recorded in 1975–80

apnea

or ap·noe·a

[ap-nee-uh, ap-nee-uh]
noun Pathology.
  1. a temporary suspension of breathing, occurring in some newborns (infant apnea) and in some adults during sleep (sleep apnea).
  2. asphyxia.

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 formsap·ne·al, ap·ne·ic, ap·noe·al, ap·noe·ic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sleep apnea

apnea

n.

"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

sleep apnea in Medicine

apnea

(ăpnē-ə, ăp-nēə)
n.
  1. Temporary absence or cessation of breathing.
Related formsap•neic adj. n.

sleep apnea

n.
  1. Apnea caused by upper airway obstruction during sleep, associated with frequent awakening and often with daytime sleepiness.
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sleep apnea in Science

apnea

[ăpnē-ə, ăp-nēə]
  1. The temporary absence or cessation of breathing.

sleep apnea

  1. Apnea caused by upper airway obstruction during sleep, associated with frequent awakening and often with daytime sleepiness. It occurs most often in people who are obese or who have an obstructed respiratory tract or neurological abnormalities.
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