apnea

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(ap-nē′ă )

(ap′nē-ă)
[¹an- + -pnea]
Temporary cessation of breathing and, therefore, of the body's intake of oxygen and release of carbon dioxide. It is a serious symptom, esp. in patients with other potentially life-threatening conditions.
SEE: apnea monitoring; SEE: Cheyne-Stokes respiration; SEE: sleep apnea; SEE: sudden infant death syndrome

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