noun Pathology.

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

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).


  1. Temporary absence or cessation of breathing.

  1. The temporary absence or cessation of breathing.

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