Reye's syndrome

noun

: an often fatal encephalopathy especially of childhood characterized by fever, vomiting, fatty infiltration of the liver, and swelling of the kidneys and brain

called also Reye syndrome

Examples of Reye's syndrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Don't give aspirin: Giving aspirin to children with a viral illness can lead to Reye's syndrome, a condition that causes swelling in the liver and brain, according to the Mayo Clinic. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 14 Dec. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

R. D. K. Reye †1977 Australian pathologist

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Reye's syndrome was in 1965

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“Reye's syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Reye%27s%20syndrome. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

Reye's syndrome

noun
ˈrīz- also ˈrāz-
variants also Reye syndrome
ˈrī- also ˈrā-
: an often fatal encephalopathy especially of childhood characterized by fever, vomiting, fatty infiltration of the liver, and swelling of the kidneys and brain

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