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respiratory distress syndrome

[ res-per-uh-tawr-ee di-stres-sin-drohm, -druhm ]
/ ˈrɛs pər əˌtɔr i dɪˈstrɛs ˌsɪn droʊm, -drəm /
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noun Pathology.
Also called hyaline membrane disease. an acute lung disease of the newborn, occurring primarily in premature babies and babies born to ill mothers, characterized by rapid breathing, flaring of the nostrils, inelastic lungs, edema of the extremities, and in some cases the formation of a hyaline membrane on the lungs caused by a lack of surfactant in the immature lung tissue. Abbreviation: RDS
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Origin of respiratory distress syndrome

First recorded in 1965–70
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