- temporary stopping of breathing
Origin of apneaModern Latin from Classical Greek apnoia from a-, without + pnoi?, wind: see pneumatic and sneeze
Temporary absence or voluntary cessation of breathing.
Origin of apneaNew Latin apnoea from Greek apnoia a- without ; see a- 1. pnoiā, -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”).