Reye's syndrome

noun \ ˈrīz- , ˈrāz- \

Definition of Reye's syndrome

: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

Origin and Etymology of reye's syndrome

R. D. K. Reye †1977 Australian pathologist


Medical Dictionary

Reye's syndrome

noun \ ˈrīz- also ˈrāz- \
variants: also Reye syndrome \ˈrī- also ˈrā-\

medical Definition of Reye's syndrome

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

Biographical Note for reye's syndrome

  • Reye \ˈrī\, Ralph Douglas Kenneth (1912–1977), Australian pathologist. Reye held the post of director of pathology at a hospital for children in Sydney, Australia. From 1951 to 1962 he studied 21 cases of Reye's syndrome. He presented his findings in an article published in 1963.

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