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also ap·noe·a  (ăp′nē-ə, ăp-nē′ə)
Temporary absence or voluntary cessation of breathing.

[New Latin apnoea, from Greek apnoia : a-, without; see a-1 + pnoiā, -pnoia, breathing (from pnein, to breathe; see pneu- in Indo-European roots).]

ap·ne′ic adj. & n.


(ˈæp ni ə, æpˈni ə)

suspension of breathing. Compare sleep apnea.
[1710–20; < New Latin apnoea < Greek ápnoia <ápno(os) breathless (a- a-6 + pneîn to breathe)]
ap•ne′ic, adj.

apnea, apnoea

a temporary interruption in breathing. — apneal, apneic, apnoeal, apnoeic, adj.
See also: Disease and Illness
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apnea - transient cessation of respirationapnea - transient cessation of respiration  
symptom - (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
periodic apnea of the newborn - irregular breathing of newborns; periods of rapid breathing followed by apnea; believed to be associated with sudden infant death syndrome
sleep apnea - apnea that occurs during sleep


n. apnea, falta de respiración.


n apnea; obstructive sleep — apnea obstructiva del sueño
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