apnea

[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)
Also, apnoea.


Origin:
1710–20; < Neo-Latin apnoea < Greek ápnoia, equivalent to ápno(os) breathless (a- a-6 + pno-, variant stem of pneîn to breathe + -os adj. suffix) + -ia -ia

apneal, apneic, apnoeal, apnoeic, adjective
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apnoea or (US) apnea (æpˈnɪə)
 
n
a temporary inability to breathe
 
[C18: from New Latin, from Greek apnoia, from a-1 + pnein to breathe]
 
apnea or (US) apnea
 
n
 
[C18: from New Latin, from Greek apnoia, from a-1 + pnein to breathe]

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apnea
"suspension of breathing," 1719, Mod.L., from Gk. apnoia "absence of respiration," from apnos "without breathing," from a- "not" + pneo/pnein "to breathe." Related: Apneic (adj., 1883).
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apnea ap·ne·a (āp'nē-ə, āp-nē'ə)
n.
Temporary absence or cessation of breathing.


ap·ne'ic adj. & n.
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apnea   (āp'nē-ə, āp-nē'ə)  Pronunciation Key 
The temporary absence or cessation of breathing.
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Example sentences
Breathing that slows down or stops from any cause is called apnea.
Apnea is breathing that slows down or stops from any cause.
Treatment for sleep apnea depends on the severity of the problem.
People with sleep apnea usually do not remember waking during the night.
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