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Medical Term:

apparent life-threatening event


Definition: a condition that occurs, typically in infants, which is frightening to the observer and is characterized by some combination of apnea (central or obstructive), color change (typically cyanotic or pallid but occasionally erythematous or plethoric), marked change in muscle tone (usually limpness), choking, or gagging.

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