Definition of apnoea noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

apnoea

 noun
(British English)(North American English apnea)noun
BrE BrE//æpˈniːə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//æpˈniːə//
 
[uncountable](medical)
 
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a condition in which somebody stops breathing temporarily, especially while they are sleeping Word Origin early 18th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek apnoia, from apnous ‘breathless’.