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

Definition of apnea

1 : transient cessation of respiration especially : sleep apnea

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Almost anything that’s legal is fair game: Think clothes, shoes, full-size toiletries (except aerosols), hairstyling tools, sleep-apnea machines, snacks, appliances (like a blender for protein smoothies). Kelsey Ogletree, WSJ, "The Cure for Packing Anxiety—Or a Waste of Time and Money?," 23 Jan. 2019 More: New implanted device may improve sleep for those with apneaStudies suggest that placing care in the hands of hospitalists may decrease hospital costs and lower patient stays. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Why hospitalists are the fastest growing medical specialty. And why you've likely already met one.," 30 Mar. 2018 The price of a sleep study to diagnose disorders such as apnea (not including doctors’ and reading fees) can be $577 or $4,196, according to data from the Philadelphia Inquirer/6ABC Action News health transparency tool at philly.com/healthcosts. Sarah Gantz, Philly.com, "How Lasik and Botox could point the way to health-care price transparency," 27 Feb. 2018 But apnea occurrences also cause blood pressure to spike and increase heart rate; longterm, that can lead to – among other health problems – an irregular heartbeat. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "NFL Hall of Famer’s dream house on Lake Norman up for sale," 15 Feb. 2018 Inside the complex, there is a man with apnea who cannot sleep at night without power to his oxygen machine. Sheri Fink, New York Times, "Lives at Risk Inside a Senior Complex in Puerto Rico With No Power," 10 Dec. 2017 Safety advocates want federal regulators to revive the sleep-apnea rules that the U.S. is dropping. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ," 9 Aug. 2017 McGirr’s apnea was alleviated by a device known as a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) system, a nose-nozzle contraption that makes its wearer look a little like Darth Vader unmasked. David Kamp, New York Times, "Exploring the Necessity and Virtue of Sleep," 10 Oct. 2017 Lupe Herasimchuk didn't have time to retrieve her CPAP machine, a device that helps those with sleep apnea breathe easier. Alaska Dispatch News, "Harvey again makes 2nd landfall in Louisiana, this time as a tropical storm," 30 Aug. 2017

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

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