snoring

snoring, rough, vibratory sounds made in breathing during sleep or coma. The noisy breathing is the result of an open mouth and a relaxation of the palate it is frequently induced by lying on one's back. Snoring may indicate some obstruction to nasal breathing such as enlarged adenoids this is especially true in children. In some individuals it is merely a poor breathing habit and usually disappears when the person lies on his side.

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