ap·​nea | \ ˈap-nē-ə How to pronounce apnea (audio) \

Definition of apnea

1 : transient cessation of respiration especially : sleep apnea

Examples of apnea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2019, Dive Alaska held an apnea class in which participants learned basic breath-holding techniques. Emily Mesner, Anchorage Daily News, "‘It felt like I was the first person to step on Mars’: Anchorage free divers plunge into icy Rabbit Lake," 21 Jan. 2021 For neurological conditions like anxiety or apnea, the chemical needs to be absorbed into the bloodstream to have maximum impact. Purbita Saha, Popular Science, "Can CBD help you chill? Here’s what we know so far.," 4 Jan. 2021 Sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and alcohol use can also increase the likelihood of night terrors. Nitun Verma, SELF, "Night Terrors vs. Nightmares: What’s the Difference?," 14 Sep. 2020 Usually they aren’t discharged until the apnea resolves, but some preemies may be sent home with breathing or heart monitors. Amanda Keener, New York Times, "Care For Your Premature Baby With Confidence," 18 Apr. 2020 Under normal circumstances, a patient with pneumonia would not be sent home, but now only those with apnea were allowed to stay. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "From the Streets to the Nursing Homes: How Spain’s Coronavirus-Infection Rate Became One of the World’s Highest," 16 Apr. 2020 As a result, sufferers of severe apnea might wake up every minute or two throughout the night. Robert Stickgold, Scientific American, "Beyond Memory: The Benefits of Sleep," 1 Oct. 2015 Those having severe apnea are at greatest risk of heart attacks and strokes, as well as vehicle crashes as drivers. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio doctor leads development of new sleep disorder guidelines," 24 Feb. 2020 In both sexes, apnea rates rise with obesity and age. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Sleep Apnea Is Different for Women," 29 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of apnea

circa 1719, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for apnea

New Latin, from a- + -pnea

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The first known use of apnea was circa 1719

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27 Jan 2021

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“Apnea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apnea. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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variants: or chiefly British apnoea \ ˈap-​nē-​ə How to pronounce apnea (audio) , ap-​ˈnē-​ How to pronounce apnea (audio) \

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 : asphyxia

Other Words from apnea

apneic or chiefly British apnoeic \ ap-​ˈnē-​ik How to pronounce apnea (audio) \ adjective

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