respiratory distress syndrome

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respiratory distress syndrome

n. Abbr. RDS
A respiratory disease of newborn infants, especially premature infants, characterized by reduced amounts of lung surfactant, cyanosis, the formation of a glassy membrane over the alveoli of the lungs, and pulmonary collapse. Also called hyaline membrane disease.

res′piratory distress′ syn`drome


n.
1. an acute lung disease of newborn, esp. premature, infants, caused by a deficiency of the surface-active substance that keeps the alveoli of the lungs expanded.
2. extreme shortness of breath, as from acute illness.
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Noun1.respiratory distress syndrome - 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 disease, respiratory disorder, respiratory illness - a disease affecting the respiratory system