apnea

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noun ap·nea \ˈap-nē-ə\

Definition of apnea

  1. 1 :  transient cessation of respiration; especially :  sleep apnea

  2. 2 :  asphyxia

apneic

play \-nē-ik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of apnea

New Latin, from a- + -pnea


First Known Use: circa 1719


Medical Dictionary

apnea

noun ap·nea

Medical Definition of apnea

  1. 1:  transient cessation of respiration whether normal (as in hibernating animals) or abnormal (as that caused by certain drugs)—see sleep apnea

  2. 2:  asphyxia

apneic

or chiefly British

apnoeic

\ap-ˈnē-ik\play adjective

Variants of apnea

or chiefly British

apnoea

\ˈap-nē-ə, ap-ˈnē-\play play

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