- temporary stopping of breathing
Origin of apneaModern Latin ; from Classical Greek apnoia ; from a-, without + pnoi?, wind: see pneumatic and amp; sneeze
Temporary absence or voluntary cessation of breathing.
Origin of apneaNew Latin apnoea, from Greek apnoia : a-, without; see a–1 + pnoia, -pnoia, breathing (from pnein, to breathe; see pneu- in Indo-European roots).
From the New Latin apnoea, from the Ancient Greek ἄπνοια (apnoia), formed from ἀ- (a-, “absence of”) + πνοή (pnoē, “breathing”).