Definition of apnea in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈapnēə/
(British apnoea)


Temporary cessation of breathing, especially during sleep: thousands suffer from sleep apnea
More example sentences
  • You could have a sleep disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome.
  • Untreated obstructive sleep apnea syndrome can result in serious complications.
  • Mixed apnea, which is rare, is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.



Example sentences
  • Some 70 percent had a history of unexplained illness (including apnoeic attacks, or episodes of 'near-miss cot death').
  • A pocket mask will enable ventilatory support to be given to apnoeic patients (whether due to trauma or medical causes).
  • Each apnoeic event per hour of sleep added about 1% to the risk of having hypertension.


Early 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek apnoia, from apnous 'breathless'.

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Syllabification: ap·ne·a

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