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sudden infant death syndrome

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noun Pathology.
  1. death from the sudden cessation of breathing (apnea) of a seemingly healthy infant, almost always during sleep, sometimes traceable to a chronic oxygen deficiency. Abbreviation: SIDS
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Origin of sudden infant death syndrome

First recorded in 1970–75
Also called crib death; especially British, cot death.
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British Dictionary definitions for sudden infant death syndrome

sudden infant death syndrome

noun
  1. a technical term for cot death Abbreviation: SIDS
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sudden infant death syndrome in Medicine

sudden infant death syndrome

(sŭdn)
n.
  1. A fatal syndrome affecting apparently healthy sleeping infants under a year old and that is characterized by a sudden cessation of breathing.crib death
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sudden infant death syndrome in Science

sudden infant death syndrome

[sŭdn]
  1. A fatal condition that affects sleeping infants that are less than one year old and appear to be healthy. It is characterized by a sudden cessation of breathing and is thought to be caused by a defect in the central nervous system. Also called crib death SIDS
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sudden infant death syndrome in Culture

sudden infant death syndrome

Also called crib death, the deaths of sleeping infants less than a year old for unexplained reasons.

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