- a temporary suspension of breathing, occurring in some newborns (infant apnea) and in some adults during sleep (sleep apnea).
1883, from+ .
“suspension of breathing,” also apnoea, 1719, Modern Latin, from Greek apnoia “absence of respiration,” from apnos “without breathing,” from a- “not” (see (3)) + pnein “to breathe” (see ).
- Temporary absence or cessation of breathing.
- The temporary absence or cessation of breathing.