Pronunciation: (ap'nē-u, ap-nē'u), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/apnea.html on line 87 [key]
1. a temporary suspension of breathing, occurring in some newborns (infant apnea) and in some adults during sleep (sleep apnea).
2. asphyxia. Also,ap'noe•a.
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