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Sleep related terms

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  • Macroglossia

  • Large tongue; usually a congenital disorder (present at birth)

  • Mandibular Maxillary Osteotomy and Advancement (MMOA)

  • Procedure developed for patients with retrolingual obstruction, patients with retropalatal and retrolingual obstruction who have not responded to CPAP and uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP).

  • Maxillofacial

  • Pertaining to the jaws and face.

  • Melatonin

  • Hormone secreted by the brain’s pineal gland

  • Micro-arousal

  • Partial awakening from sleep

  • Micro-sleep

  • Period lasting up to a few seconds during which the polysomnogram suddenly shifts from waking characteristics to sleep.

  • Mixed (sleep) apnea

  • Interruption in breathing during sleep beginning as a central apnea then becoming an obstructive apnea.

  • Monocyclic

  • A single major sleep period and a single major wake period in a 24-hour day.

  • Motor Activity in Sleep

  • Any muscular movement during sleep

  • Motor Atonia

  • The absence of muscle activity during sleep

  • Movement arousal

  • Body movement associated with arousal or awakening; a sleep scoring variable.

  • Movement time

  • Term used in sleep record scoring to denote when EEG and EOG tracings are obscured for more than 15 seconds due to movement.

  • Multiple sleep latency test (MSLT)

  • A series “nap tests” utilized in the assessment of excessive daytime sleepiness.

  • Muscle Tone

  • Amount of tension in a muscle.

  • Myoclonus

  • Muscle contractions in the form of "jerks" or twitches.


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