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Noun: severe acute respiratory syndrome
  1. A respiratory disease of unknown aetiology that apparently originated in mainland China in 2003; characterized by fever and coughing or difficulty breathing or hypoxia; can be fatal
    - SARS

Derived forms: severe acute respiratory syndromes

See also: SARS coronavirus, SARS-CoV

Type of: respiratory disease, respiratory disorder, respiratory illness

Encyclopedia: Severe acute respiratory syndrome