apnea

or ap·noe·a

[ 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

ap·ne·al, ap·ne·ic, ap·noe·al, ap·noe·ic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for apnea

apnea

[ ăpnē-ə, ăp-nēə ]

n.

Temporary absence or cessation of breathing.

Related forms

ap•neic adj. n.
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Science definitions for apnea

apnea

[ ăpnē-ə, ăp-nēə ]

The temporary absence or cessation of breathing.
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