a condition in which the respiratory system is unable to provide an adequate supply of oxygen or to remove carbon dioxide efficiently
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How to use respiratory failure in a sentence
Within six days, however, the infant was admitted to a pediatric hospital with diarrhea, bluish skin, and respiratory failure.
Preeclampsia, or hypertension of pregnancy, can cause stroke, seizures, liver rupture, respiratory failure and maternal death.
Lethal doses produce complete paralysis, and death is caused by respiratory failure.Poison Romance and Poison Mysteries | C. J. S. Thompson
She died at once from respiratory failure, in spite of restorative measures.
The essential point here to be added is that death takes place from combined cardiac and respiratory failure.