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sleep apnea

noun

Definition of SLEEP APNEA

:  apnea that recurs during sleep and is caused especially by obstruction of the airway or a disturbance in the brain's respiratory center

First Known Use of SLEEP APNEA

1975

sleep apnea

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SLEEP APNEA

:  brief periods of recurrent cessation of breathing during sleep that is caused especially by obstruction of the airway or a disturbance in the brain's respiratory center and is associated especially with excessive daytime sleepiness

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