Meaning of “obstructive sleep apnoea” in the English Dictionary

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"obstructive sleep apnoea" in British English

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obstructive sleep apnoeanoun [ U ]

UK specialized US obstructive sleep apnea uk /əbˌstrʌk.tɪv ˈsliːp.æə/ us /əbˈstrʌk.tɪv ˈsliːp ˌæə/ also obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome, abbreviation OSA

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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)