apneusis


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apneusis

 [ap-noo´sis]
sustained, gasping inhalation followed by short, inefficient exhalation, which can continue to the point of asphyxia; it is often associated with lesions in a respiratory center of the brain. adj., adj apneu´stic.
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ap·neu·sis

(ap-nū'sis), In the diphthong pn, the p is silent only at the beginning of a word.
An abnormal respiratory pattern consisting of a pause at full inspiration; a prolonged inspiratory cramp caused by a lesion at the mid or caudal pontine level of the brainstem.
[G. a- priv. + pneusis, a breathing, fr. pneō, to breathe]
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apneusis

(1) Breath-holding. 
(2) An abnormal form of respiration induced under experimental conditions by transecting the pons.
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ap·neu·sis

(ap-nū'sis)
An abnormal respiratory pattern consisting of a pause at full inspiration; cramp caused by a lesion at the mid or caudal pontine level of the brainstem.
[G. a- priv. + pneusis, a breathing, fr. pneō, to breathe]
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