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Noun: respiratory distress syndrome
  1. An acute lung disease of the newborn (especially the premature newborn); lungs cannot expand because of a wetting agent is lacking; characterized by rapid shallow breathing and cyanosis and the formation of a glassy hyaline membrane over the alveoli
    - respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn, hyaline membrane disease

Derived forms: respiratory distress syndromes

Type of: respiratory disease, respiratory disorder, respiratory illness

Encyclopedia: Respiratory distress syndrome, adult