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Medical Term:

sleep-induced apnea


Definition: apnea resulting from failure of the respiratory center to stimulate adequate respiration during sleep; divided into respiratory pause (cessation of air flow for less than 10 seconds) and apneic pause (cessation of air flow greater than 10 seconds).

See Also: central sleep apnea

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