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respiration

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

Simple Definition of respiration

  • medical : the act or process of breathing

Full Definition of respiration

  1. 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. 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. 3 :  any of various energy-yielding oxidative reactions in living matter

re·spi·ra·to·ry play \ˈres-p(ə-)rə-ˌtȯr-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

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RESPIRATORY Defined for Kids

respiratory

adjective res·pi·ra·to·ry \ˈre-spə-rə-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of respiratory

  1. :  of, relating to, or concerned with breathing or the parts of the body involved in breathing <a respiratory infection>




Medical Dictionary

respiration

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

Medical Definition of respiration

  1. 1a:  the movement of respiratory gases (as oxygen and carbon dioxide) into and out of the lungsb:  a single complete act of breathing <30 respirations per minute>

  2. 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

  3. 3:  cellular respiration





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