sleep apnea


noun

See under apnea.

Origin of sleep apnea

First recorded in 1975–80

Definition for sleep apnea (2 of 2)

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 sleep apnea (1 of 2)

apnea

[ ăpnē-ə, ăp-nēə ]

n.

Temporary absence or cessation of breathing.

Related forms

ap•neic adj. n.

Medicine definitions for sleep apnea (2 of 2)

sleep apnea


n.

Apnea caused by upper airway obstruction during sleep, associated with frequent awakening and often with daytime sleepiness.
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Science definitions for sleep apnea (1 of 2)

apnea

[ ăpnē-ə, ăp-nēə ]

The temporary absence or cessation of breathing.

Science definitions for sleep apnea (2 of 2)

sleep apnea


Apnea caused by upper airway obstruction during sleep, associated with frequent awakening and often with daytime sleepiness. It occurs most often in people who are obese or who have an obstructed respiratory tract or neurological abnormalities.
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