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respire

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verb re·spire \ri-ˈspī(-ə)r\

Definition of respire

re·spiredre·spir·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  breathe; specifically :  to inhale and exhale air successively

  3. 2 of a cell or tissue :  to take up oxygen and produce carbon dioxide through oxidation

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  breathe



Examples of respire

  1. Fish use their gills to respire.

  2. <though unconscious, the patient is still respiring>



Origin of respire

Middle English, from Latin respirare, from re- + spirare to blow, breathe


First Known Use: 15th century


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respire

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verb re·spire \ri-ˈspī(ə)r\

Medical Definition of respire

re·spiredre·spir·ing

  1. intransitive verb

  2. 1:  breathe; specifically :  to inhale and exhale air successively

  3. 2of a cell or tissue :  to take up oxygen and produce carbon dioxide through oxidation

  4. transitive verb

  5. :  breathe




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