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sleep apnea

noun
1.
See under apnea.
Origin of sleep apnea
1975-1980
1975-80

apnea

or apnoea

[ap-nee-uh, ap-nee-uh] /ˈæp ni ə, æpˈni ə/
noun, Pathology
1.
a temporary suspension of breathing, occurring in some newborns (infant apnea) and in some adults during sleep (sleep apnea)
2.
Origin
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
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apnea

n.

"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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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)
n.
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.
apnea
  (āp'nē-ə, āp-nē'ə)   
The temporary absence or cessation of breathing.
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