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apnea

noun ap·nea \ˈap-nē-ə\

Definition of APNEA

1
:  transient cessation of respiration; especially :  sleep apnea
2
:  asphyxia
ap·ne·ic \-nē-ik\ adjective

Origin of APNEA

New Latin, from a- + -pnea
First Known Use: circa 1719

apnea

noun ap·nea   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of APNEA

1
:  transient cessation of respiration whether normal (as in hibernating animals) or abnormal (as that caused by certain drugs)—see sleep apnea
2
ap·ne·ic or chiefly British ap·noe·ic \ap-ˈnē-ik\ adjective

Variants of APNEA

ap·nea or chiefly British ap·noea \ˈap-nē-ə, ap-ˈnē-\

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