pneumotaxic center

noun

pneu·​mo·​tax·​ic center ˌn(y)ü-mə-ˈtak-sik- How to pronounce pneumotaxic center (audio)
: a neural center in the upper part of the pons that provides inhibitory impulses on inspiration and thereby prevents overdistension of the lungs and helps to maintain alternately recurrent inspiration and expiration

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“Pneumotaxic center.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/pneumotaxic%20center. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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