[ ap-nee-ik ]

  1. of or relating to apnea, a condition in which a person, either an infant or a sleeping adult, involuntarily and temporarily stops breathing: In apneic patients, the muscles of the tongue or soft palate may relax too much and collapse against the back of the throat, blocking airflow.

Origin of apneic

  • Also especially British, ap·noe·ic .
  • Rarely ap·ne·al; especially British, ap·noe·al [ap-nee-uhl] /ˈæp ni əl/ .

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