respire

verb re·spire \ ri-ˈspī(-ə)r \
|Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of respire

respired; respiring
1 : breathe; specifically : to inhale and exhale air successively
2 of a cell or tissue : to take up oxygen and produce carbon dioxide through oxidation

Examples of respire in a Sentence

  1. Fish use their gills to respire.

  2. though unconscious, the patient is still respiring

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Origin and Etymology of respire

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


RESPIRE Defined for Kids

respire

verb re·spire \ ri-ˈspīr \

Definition of respire for Students

respired; respiring
: breathe 1

Medical Dictionary

respire

verb re·spire \ ri-ˈspī(ə)r \

medical Definition of respire

respired; respiring
1 : breathe; specifically : to inhale and exhale air successively
2 of a cell or tissue : to take up oxygen and produce carbon dioxide through oxidation


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