respiratory distress syndrome n.
A respiratory disease of newborns, especially premature infants, characterized by reduced amounts of lung surfactant, cyanosis, the formation of a glassy membrane over the alveoli, and pulmonary collapse. Also called hyaline membrane disease.
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