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Medical Term:

hyaline membrane disease of the newborn


Definition: a disease seen especially in premature neonates with respiratory distress; characterized postmortem by atelectasis and alveolar ducts lined by an eosinophilic membrane; also associated with reduced amounts of lung surfactant.

Synonym(s): hyaline membrane syndrome, respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn

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