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respiration

noun res·pi·ra·tion \ˌres-pə-ˈrā-shən\

medical : the act or process of breathing

Full Definition of RESPIRATION

1
a :  the placing of air or dissolved gases in intimate contact with the circulating medium of a multicellular organism (as by breathing)
b :  a single complete act of breathing
2
:  the physical and chemical processes by which an organism supplies its cells and tissues with the oxygen needed for metabolism and relieves them of the carbon dioxide formed in energy-producing reactions
3
:  any of various energy-yielding oxidative reactions in living matter
re·spi·ra·to·ry \ˈres-p(ə-)rə-ˌtr-ē, ri-ˈspī-rə-\ adjective

Examples of RESPIRATION

  1. The doctor checked his heartbeat and respiration.

Origin of RESPIRATION

Middle English respiracioun, from Latin respiration-, respiratio, from respirare
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Physiology Terms

eructation, flux, gustatory, menarche, myopia, senescence, torpor

Rhymes with RESPIRATION

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vindication, violation, visitation, weather station
RESPIRATION Defined for Kids

respiration

noun res·pi·ra·tion \ˌre-spə-ˈrā-shən\

Definition of RESPIRATION for Kids

1
:  the act or process of breathing :  the inhaling of oxygen and the exhaling of carbon dioxide
2
:  the process by which cells use oxygen to break down sugar and obtain energy
Medical Dictionary

respiration

noun res·pi·ra·tion \ˌres-pə-ˈrā-shən\

Medical Definition of RESPIRATION

1
a :  the movement of respiratory gases (as oxygen and carbon dioxide) into and out of the lungs b :  a single complete act of breathing <30 respirations per minute>
2
:  the physical and chemical processes (as breathing and diffusion) by which an organism supplies its cells and tissues with the oxygen needed for metabolism and relieves them of the carbon dioxide formed in energy-producing reactions
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