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Pronunciation: ap-nū′sis

Definition: 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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