Definition of Cheyne–Stokes breathing in US English:

Cheyne–Stokes breathing


  • A cyclical pattern of breathing in which movement gradually decreases to a complete stop and then returns to normal. It occurs in various medical conditions, and at high altitudes.

    • ‘This study demonstrates that patients with Cheyne-Stokes breathing and symptomatic chronic heart failure improve the time they can remain awake when they are given therapeutic ASV.’
    • ‘For example, in patients with congestive heart failure, theophylline therapy may alleviate Cheyne-Stokes breathing by decreasing the circulatory delay.’
    • ‘Thirty-eight subjects underwent polysomnography, 8 did not have sufficient Cheyne-Stokes breathing, and the remaining 30 were randomized into the trial.’
    • ‘In contrast to previous reports, the prevalence of Cheyne-Stokes breathing in this study sample was lower than expected.’
    • ‘There can be dignity in death and dying, but surely this is not the case when Cheyne-Stokes breathing stops and a team of doctors starts cardiopulmonary resuscitation.’


Late 19th century: named after John Cheyne (1777–1836), Scottish physician, and William Stokes (1804–78), Irish physician.


Cheyne–Stokes breathing

/ˈCHān ˈstōks ˈbrēT͟HiNG/