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apnea

[ ap-nee-uh ]
/ ˈæp ni ə /
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noun Pathology.
a temporary suspension of breathing, occurring in some newborns (infant apnea ) and in some adults during sleep (sleep apnea ).
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Also especially British, ap·noe·a [ap-nee-uh] /æpˈni ə/ .

Origin of apnea

First recorded in 1710–20; from New Latin apnoea, from Greek ápnoia, equivalent to ápno(os) “breathless” (a- a-6 + pno-, variant stem of pneîn “to breathe” + -os adjective suffix) + -ia -ia

OTHER WORDS FROM apnea

ap·ne·ic, adjective
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Scientific definitions for apnea

apnea
[ ăpnē-ə, ăp-nēə ]

The temporary absence or cessation of breathing.
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