continuous positive airway pressure


A technique of respiratory therapy for individuals breathing with or without mechanical assistance in which airway pressure is maintained above atmospheric pressure throughout the respiratory cycle by pressurization of the ventilatory circuit.

Nearby words

  1. continuous cutter,
  2. continuous function,
  3. continuous miner,
  4. continuous murmur,
  5. continuous passive motion,
  6. continuous positive pressure breathing,
  7. continuous positive pressure ventilation,
  8. continuous processing,
  9. continuous spectrum,
  10. continuous stationery

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