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

Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of apneic was in 1883

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“Apneic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apneic. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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