American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fatal syndrome that affects sleeping infants under a year old, characterized by a sudden cessation of breathing and thought to be caused by a defect in the central nervous system. Also called crib death.
- n. pathology The sudden and unexplained death of an infant aged one month to one year, normally while sleeping.
- n. sudden and unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant during sleep
“This reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome SIDS, which is the unexpected death of a healthy baby.”
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