[ap-nee-uh, ap-nee-uh]
noun Pathology.
a temporary suspension of breathing, occurring in some newborns (infant apnea) and in some adults during sleep (sleep apnea)
Also, apnoea.

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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"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)
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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