Definition of sudden infant death syndrome in English:

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sudden infant death syndrome

Pronunciation: /ˈsədn ˈinfənt deTH ˈsinˌdrōm/
(abbreviation SIDS)


The death of a seemingly healthy baby in its sleep, due to an apparent spontaneous cessation of breathing.
Example sentences
  • Editor Gottlieb reports that more cases of the sudden infant death syndrome (cot deaths) occur in day care than at home.
  • Maternal smoking is a major risk factor for late fetal death and the sudden infant death syndrome.
  • Some studies have suggested a link between the sudden infant death syndrome and primary immunisation, but most have failed to show a link.

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Syllabification: sud·den in·fant death syn·drome

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