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English definition of “obstructive sleep apnoea”

obstructive sleep apnoea

noun [U] uk   /əbˌstrʌk.tɪv ˈsliːp.æp.ni.ə/ us    /əbˈstrʌk.tɪv ˈsliːp ˌæp.ni.ə/ ( also obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome, abbreviation OSA) specialized
a type of sleep apnoea (= a condition where breathing stops for a short time during sleep) caused by a physical closing of the airways: Obstructive sleep apnoea is often found in people who are very overweight.
(Definition of obstructive sleep apnoea from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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