a temporary suspension of breathing, occurring in some newborns (infant apnea) and in some adults during sleep (sleep apnea)
1883, from apnea + -ic.
“suspension of breathing,” also apnoea, 1719, Modern Latin, from Greek apnoia “absence of respiration,” from apnos “without breathing,” from a- “not” (see a- (3)) + pnein “to breathe” (see pneuma).
apnea ap·ne·a (āp’nē-ə, āp-nē’ə)
Temporary absence or cessation of breathing.
ap·ne’ic adj. & n.
The temporary absence or cessation of breathing.
apneumia apneumia ap·neu·mi·a (āp-nōō’mē-ə, -nyōō’-) n. Congenital absence of the lungs.
noun (pathol) protracted gasping inhalation followed by short inefficient exhalation, which can cause asphyxia
having no open spiracles, as the tracheal systems of certain aquatic insect larvae. Historical Examples apneustic: without an open tracheal system; respiration is through the skin or through tracheal gills. Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology John. B. Smith adjective of or relating to apneusis (of certain animals) having no specialized organs for respiration
- Apneustic breathing
apneustic breathing apneustic breathing ap·neus·tic breathing (āp-nōō’stĭk, -nyōō’-) n. A series of slow, deep inspirations, each one held for 30 to 90 seconds, after which the air is suddenly expelled by the elastic recoil of the lung.