cheyne-stokes respiration

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Cheyne-Stokes respiration n.
An abnormal pattern of breathing characterized by a gradual increase in depth and sometimes in rate to a maximum depth, followed by a decrease resulting in apnea, usually seen in comatose individuals having diseased nervous centers of respiration.

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cheyne-stokes respiration

noun
abnormal respiration in which periods of shallow and deep breathing alternate [syn: periodic breathing
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