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Jan 25, 2022
This week’s theme
Anti-words

This week’s words
wrongous
eupnea
postposition
apocryphal
anergy

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eupnea

PRONUNCIATION:
(yoop-NEE-uh)

MEANING:
noun: Normal breathing.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek eu- (good) + pnein (to breathe). Ultimately from the Indo-European root pneu- (to breathe), which also gave us pneumonia, sneer, sneeze, snort, snore, pneumatic, pneuma, and pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Earliest documented use: 1706.

NOTES:
Some counterparts of today’s word are:
apnea (temporary cessation of breathing)
dyspnea (difficult or labored breathing)
hyperpnea (abnormally deep breathing)
hypopnea (abnormally shallow and slow breathing)
orthopnea (difficulty breathing except when standing or sitting up)
tachypnea (abnormally rapid and shallow breathing)
bradypnea (abnormally slow breathing)

USAGE:
“She sighed, watching the condensation of her eupnea collect in the air like a puff of smoke from a pipe.”
Matt Bronleewe; House of Wolves; Thomas Nelson; 2008.

See more usage examples of eupnea in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. -William Somerset Maugham, writer (25 Jan 1874-1965)

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