Definition of Reye's syndrome in English:

Reye's syndrome

Syllabification: Reye's syn·drome
Pronunciation: /rīz, rāz
 
/

noun

  • A life-threatening metabolic disorder in young children, of uncertain cause but sometimes precipitated by aspirin and involving encephalitis and liver failure.
    More example sentences
    • This is very important because aspirin may cause a serious illness called Reye's syndrome in children with fever caused by a virus infection, especially flu or chickenpox.
    • Other possible CNS complications include encephalitis, meningitis, transverse myelitis and, rarely, Reye's syndrome (especially subsequent to aspirin use).
    • Children and adolescents under the age of 21 shouldn't take aspirin because of the risk of Reye's syndrome - a potentially life-threatening condition.

Origin

1960s: named after Ralph D. K. Reye (1912–78), Australian pediatrician.

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