In a press release dated August 25th, it was announced that the phrase 'continuous positive airway pressure', and the accompanying abbreviation 'CPAP', was added to the newest edition of the Merriam Webster Dictionary.
Accompanied by other, more trendy words and phrases, such as 'bromance', 'crowdsourcing' and 'fist bump', the word CPAP was defined through the following dictionary citation:
"abbreviated CPAP; a technique for relieving breathing problems (as those associated with sleep apnea or congestive heart failure) by pumping a steady flow of air through the nose to prevent the narrowing or collapse of air passages or to help the lungs to expand."
It was cited as originating in 1975 (which is before the CPAP invention date of 1981, so we're not sure where that date originates). It's nice to finally see such a common term being entered into one of the most common American dictionaries, especially considering how long it's been used and its increasing importance in the medical community.
Read more about the newest additions to Merriam Webster by viewing their August 25th press release online.