sleep apnea

noun
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

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

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First Known Use of sleep apnea

1975


Medical Dictionary

sleep apnea

noun

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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