chloride shift

noun
\ -ˈshift How to pronounce chloride shift (audio) \

Medical Definition of chloride shift

: the passage of chloride ions from the blood plasma into the red blood cells when carbon dioxide enters the plasma from the tissues and their return to the plasma when the carbon dioxide is discharged in the lungs that is a major factor both in maintenance of blood pH and in transport of carbon dioxide

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“Chloride shift.” The Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/chloride%20shift. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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