sudden infant death syndromesudden infant death syndrome
a syndrome of unknown cause, characterized by the sudden death of an apparently healthy infant, usually during sleep
sudden infant death syndrome
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 .
- (pathology) The sudden and unexplained death of an infant aged one month to one year, normally while sleeping.