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.

Nearby words

  1. -plasty,
  2. -plasy,
  3. -plegia,
  4. -plex,
  5. -ploid,
  6. -pnoea,
  7. -pod,
  8. -poda,
  9. -pode,
  10. -podium

Also -pnoea.

Origin of -pnea

< Greek -pnoia, akin to pneîn to breathe; cf. pneuma

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Medicine definitions for -pnea



Breath; respiration:dyspnea.

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