continuous positive airway pressure


continuous positive airway pressure

noun

Definition of CONTINUOUS POSITIVE AIRWAY PRESSURE

:  a technique for relieving breathing problems (as those associated with sleep apnea or congestive heart failure) by pumping a steady flow of air through the nose to prevent the narrowing or collapse of air passages or to help the lungs to expand —abbreviation CPAP

First Known Use of CONTINUOUS POSITIVE AIRWAY PRESSURE

1975

continuous positive airway pressure

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CONTINUOUS POSITIVE AIRWAY PRESSURE

: a technique of assisting breathing by maintaining the air pressure in the lungs and air passages constant and above atmospheric pressure throughout the breathing cycle—abbreviation CPAP; compare positive end-expiratory pressure

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