central alveolar hypoventilation syndrome

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A breathing-related sleep disorder, occurring usually in overweight people, characterized by loss of breathing control and insufficient oxygen intake, resulting in abnormally low blood oxygen level, especially during sleep, and often leading to hypersomnia or insomnia. Compare Pickwickian syndrome, sleep apnoea. [From Latin alveolus a small depression, referring to the terminal air cavities in the lungs + Greek hypo under + Latin ventilare to ventilate, from ventus a wind]

Subjects: Psychology.

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