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    respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn

    respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn - Dictionary definition and meaning for word respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn

    Definition
    (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
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