a temporary suspension of breathing, occurring in some newborns (infant apnea) and in some adults during sleep (sleep apnea)

“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.
(āp’nē-ə, āp-nē’ə)
The temporary absence or cessation of breathing.


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