respiratory distress syndrome

noun

Definition of respiratory distress syndrome

: a respiratory disorder chiefly of newborn premature infants that is characterized by deficiency of the surfactant coating the inner surface of the lungs resulting in labored breathing, lung collapse, and hypoxemia — compare acute respiratory distress syndrome

Examples of respiratory distress syndrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For children, the costliest outcomes were preterm birth ($13.7 billion), developmental disabilities ($6.5 billion), and respiratory distress syndrome ($2.2 billion), a breathing disorder that affects newborns. Laurie Zephyrin, STAT, 25 Nov. 2021 Moms who took progesterone were also less likely to have babies with respiratory distress syndrome, one of the most dangerous problems for premature infants. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 The premature infant was diagnosed with neonatal respiratory distress syndrome and pneumonia and needed to be resuscitated at birth. NBC News, 27 Mar. 2020 In 1963, John and Jackie Kennedy, having already had a stillborn child, lost their baby Patrick to respiratory distress syndrome 39 hours after a birth that was only two weeks premature. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, 1 Dec. 2019 The 'baby' looked like a newborn look-a-like doll The couple claimed Easton Walt Lang was born July 3 and died hours later of respiratory distress syndrome, according to a criminal complaint. Amir Vera And Hollie Silverman, CNN, 16 Aug. 2019

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1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Respiratory distress syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/respiratory%20distress%20syndrome. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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respiratory distress syndrome

noun

Medical Definition of respiratory distress syndrome

: a respiratory disorder that occurs in newborn premature infants and is characterized by deficiency of the surfactant coating the inner surface of the lungs, by failure of the lungs to expand and contract properly during breathing with resulting collapse, and by the accumulation of a protein-containing film lining the alveoli and their ducts abbreviation RDS

called also hyaline membrane disease

— see acute respiratory distress syndrome

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