respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn

respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn

noun
an acute lung disease of the newborn (especially the premature newborn); lungs cannot expand because of a wetting agent is lacking; characterized by rapid shallow breathing and cyanosis and the formation of a glassy hyaline membrane over the alveoli [syn: respiratory distress syndrome
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