sudden infant death syndrome

sudden infant death syndrome

noun Pathology.
death from the sudden cessation of breathing (apnea) of a seemingly healthy infant, almost always during sleep, sometimes traceable to a chronic oxygen deficiency. Abbreviation: SIDS
Also called crib death; especially British, cot death.


Origin:
1970–75

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sudden infant death syndrome
 
n
a technical term for cot death SIDS

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sudden infant death syndrome sud·den infant death syndrome (sŭd'n)
n.

Abbr. SIDS A fatal syndrome affecting apparently healthy sleeping infants under a year old and that is characterized by a sudden cessation of breathing. Also called crib death.

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sudden infant death syndrome   (sŭd'n)  Pronunciation Key 
A fatal condition that affects sleeping infants that are less than one year old and appear to be healthy. It is characterized by a sudden cessation of breathing and is thought to be caused by a defect in the central nervous system. Also called crib death, SIDS.
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sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Also called crib death, the deaths of sleeping infants less than a year old for unexplained reasons.

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