from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Temporary absence or voluntary cessation of breathing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, partial privation or suspension of respiration; want of breath.
  • noun See apnæa.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) Partial privation or suspension of breath; suffocation; same as apnea.
  • noun transient cessation of respiration.

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  • noun pathology The cessation of breathing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun transient cessation of respiration


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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From the New Latin apnoea, from the Ancient Greek ἄπνοια (apnoia), formed from ἀ- (a-, "absence of") + πνοή (pnoē, "breathing").


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