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sleep apnea

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Origin of sleep apnea


[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)
Also, apnoea.
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
apneal, apneic, apnoeal, apnoeic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sleep apnea
  • Some others have undiagnosed and untreated chronic depression, or sleep apnea.
  • There's a new treatment for sleep apnea: playing your didgeridoo.
  • Watermark is launching a wire-free, in home sleep device that primary care physicians can use to diagnose sleep apnea.
  • Three conditions often linked to obesity have also been tied independently to sleep apnea, new studies show.
  • Not much, if you've been tossing and turning at night due to sleep apnea.
  • For those with sleep apnea, rest is a precious commodity.
  • Many snorers stop breathing momentarily, a condition called sleep apnea.
  • Treatment for sleep apnea depends on the severity of the problem.
  • Portable sleep study devices that can be used in the home instead of at a sleep center are available to help diagnose sleep apnea.
  • Patients with obstructive sleep apnea also experience sleep disturbance and excessive daytime fatigue.
Word Origin and History for sleep apnea



"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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sleep apnea in Medicine

sleep apnea n.
Apnea caused by upper airway obstruction during sleep, associated with frequent awakening and often with daytime sleepiness.

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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sleep apnea in Science
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.
  (āp'nē-ə, āp-nē'ə)   
The temporary absence or cessation of breathing.
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