severe acute respiratory syndrome

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severe acute respiratory syndrome n.
Abbr. SARS
A sometimes fatal viral infection characterized by fever, malaise, and a dry cough with difficult breathing that can lead to insufficent oxygen in the arterial blood.

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severe acute respiratory syndrome

noun
a respiratory disease of unknown etiology that apparently originated in mainland China in 2003; characterized by fever and coughing or difficulty breathing or hypoxia; can be fatal 
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