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One entry found for respiratory distress syndrome.
Main Entry: respiratory distress syndrome
Function: noun
: a respiratory disorder that occurs in newborn premature infants and is characterized by deficiency of the surfactant coating the inner surface of the lungs, by failure of the lungs to expand and contract properly during breathing with resulting collapse, and by the accumulation of a protein-containing film lining the alveoli and their ducts -- abbreviation RDS; called also hyaline membrane disease -- see ADULT RESPIRATORY DISTRESS SYNDROME

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