respiratory system

noun

Definition of respiratory system

: a system of organs functioning in respiration and in humans consisting especially of the nose, nasal passages, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi, and lungs : respiratory tract

Illustration of respiratory system

Illustration of respiratory system

respiratory system: 1 nostril, 2 nose, 3 nasal cavity, 4 nasopharynx, 5 oropharynx, 6 larynx, 7 trachea, 8 bronchus, 9 lung

Examples of respiratory system in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Langenfeld testified that heightened levels of carbon dioxide can affect the respiratory system and cause a feeling of shortness of breath. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, 9 Apr. 2021 Even on the ventilator, her respiratory system was failing, until the only option became hooking her to a machine built to take over for the lungs, known as ECMO. Adam Galler, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Apr. 2021 On a ventilator, her respiratory system was failing, until the only option became hooking her to a machine built to take over for the lungs, known as ECMO. Adam Geller, chicagotribune.com, 22 Apr. 2021 Gasping for life as his respiratory system failed, the 30-year-old, a brand-new father, needed a medical miracle in those earliest days of unprecedented fear and confusion. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 11 Mar. 2021 Besides that, many cocoa products contain cadmium, a chemical that is toxic to the kidneys and respiratory system, among other things. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, 22 Mar. 2021 But later, coronavirus infection was confirmed with analysis of blood samples and tissue in the respiratory system. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2021 As a physician who specializes in the respiratory system, Dr. G. Sofia Nelson splits her time between clinic and hospital settings in Oxnard and Camarillo. Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2021 And in the 12-28 day period after getting the first dose, even those who were infected had significantly less viral load in their respiratory system, about four times less. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of respiratory system

1811, in the meaning defined above

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“Respiratory system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/respiratory%20system. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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respiratory system

noun

Kids Definition of respiratory system

: a system of the body used in breathing that in human beings consists of the nose, nasal passages, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchial tubes, and lungs

respiratory system

noun

Medical Definition of respiratory system

: a system of organs functioning in respiration and in humans consisting especially of the nose, nasal passages, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi, and lungs : respiratory tract

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