apneic

adjective
ap·​ne·​ic | \ ˈap-nē-ik How to pronounce apneic (audio) \

Definition of apneic

: of, relating to, or affected by apnea : involving or exhibiting transient cessation of respiration Obstructive sleep apnea is the intermittent interruption of airflow through the nose and mouth that occurs during sleep and is considered present when individuals have more than 5 apneic episodes per hour of sleep.— Clifford W. Zwillich … John G. Brooks, professor and chair of pediatrics at the Dartmouth Medical School, testified that occasional apneic pauses of less than 20 seconds are not abnormal among babies.— Ginger Pinholster an apneic patient

First Known Use of apneic

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Apneic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apneic. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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