Medical Definition of Apnea, central sleep
Apnea, central sleep: Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. It owes its name to a Greek word, apnea, meaning "want of breath."
There are two types of sleep apnea: central and obstructive.
Central sleep apnea is less common than obstructive sleep apnea.Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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