Definition of apnoea in English:

apnoea

(US apnea)

noun

Medicine
  • [mass noun] Temporary cessation of breathing, especially during sleep:

    ‘thousands suffer from sleep apnoea’
    • ‘While his death is blamed on an inflammation of the lungs and heart, doctors say sleep apnea was also a factor.’
    • ‘Mixed apnea, which is rare, is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.’
    • ‘Untreated obstructive sleep apnea syndrome can result in serious complications.’
    • ‘The doctor will also assess the type of sleepiness a person is experiencing, to work out whether sleep apnoea is a possible diagnosis.’
    • ‘You could have a sleep disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome.’

Origin

Early 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek apnoia, from apnous breathless.

Pronunciation:

apnoea

/apˈniːə/