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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Examples of apnea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After mom Tanya Reid had a second child, the cycle repeated with her son Brandon, who was hospitalized several times with apneas and seizures that didn’t occur when Tanya wasn’t around. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Munchausen by Proxy Moms: These Mothers Harmed Their Children to Gain Sympathy for Themselves," 2 Dec. 2019 This includes everything from traditional urgent care to sleep-apnea screenings. Washington Post, "CVS Makes Its Pitch for the Future of Health Care," 5 June 2019 Those who sleep with CPAP machines can also find sleep-apnea pillows designed to accommodate the machine’s tubes and cords, Rogers says. Marni Jameson, The Mercury News, "Home decor: When picking a new pillow, use your head," 17 Sep. 2019 There wasn't an occasion too formal or an event too dour that Joe didn't interrupt with his apnea and voluminous snoring. courant.com, "Joseph Heller," 12 Sep. 2019 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

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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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11 Dec 2019

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“Apnea.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apnea. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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

Other Words from apnea

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

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