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



(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’.