bilevel positive airway pressure

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Definition of bilevel positive airway pressure

: a technique that is used for relieving breathing problems (such as those associated with sleep apnea or congestive heart failure) by pumping a flow of air through the nose to prevent the narrowing or collapse of air passages or to help the lungs expand and that differs from continuous positive airway pressure by pumping air at a reduced pressure during each exhalation One alternative is a unit that provides what is known as bilevel positive airway pressure, or BIPAP. It delivers more pressure when you inhale and less when you exhale, and tends to be better tolerated than CPAP.— Joseph Kaplan abbreviation BiPAP, BIPAP, BiPap, BPAP, BPap

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1989, in the meaning defined above

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“Bilevel positive airway pressure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bilevel%20positive%20airway%20pressure. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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bilevel positive airway pressure

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Medical Definition of bilevel positive airway pressure

: a technique for relieving breathing problems (as those associated with sleep apnea or congestive heart failure) by pumping a flow of air through the nose to prevent the narrowing or collapse of air passages or to help the lungs expand and that differs from continuous positive airway pressure by pumping air at a reduced pressure during each exhalation One alternative is a unit that provides what is known as bilevel positive airway pressure, or BIPAP. It delivers more pressure when you inhale and less when you exhale, and tends to be better tolerated than CPAP.— Joseph Kaplan abbreviation BiPAP, BIPAP, BiPap, BPAP BPap

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