respiratory quotient

noun

: a ratio indicating the relation of the volume of carbon dioxide given off in respiration to that of the oxygen consumed

Examples of respiratory quotient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In other words, those with a higher respiratory quotient lost more weight on a low-carb diet, and vice versa. Mac Stone, Discover Magazine, 18 Jan. 2023 Its devices provide users with a metabolic level based on the composition of a single breath, or what’s known as respiratory quotient (RQ). Megan Tatum, Discover Magazine, 25 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of respiratory quotient was in 1879

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“Respiratory quotient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/respiratory%20quotient. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

respiratory quotient

noun
: the ratio of the volume of carbon dioxide given off in respiration to that of the oxygen consumed that has a value near 1 when the organism is burning chiefly carbohydrates, near 0.7 when chiefly fats, and near 0.8 when chiefly proteins but sometimes exceeding 1 when carbohydrates are being changed to fats for storage
abbreviation RQ

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