sleep apnea

noun
See under apnea.

Origin:
1975–80

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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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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.

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

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