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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.
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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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US apnea

  1. a temporary inability to breathe
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin, from Greek apnoia, from a- 1 + pnein to breathe
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Word Origin and History for apnoea



"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).

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apnoea in Medicine


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


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