respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn


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Noun1.respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn - 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
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Prenatal administration of corticosteroids between 24 and 34 weeks gestation reduces the risk of respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn when the risk of premature delivery is high5.
Respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn, also called hyaline membrane disease, is the most common cause of respiratory distress in premature infants, correlating with structural and functional lung immaturity.

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