Meaning of RESPIRATION in English


— respirational , adj.

/res'peuh ray"sheuhn/ , n.

1. the act of respiring; inhalation and exhalation of air; breathing.

2. Biol.

a. the sum total of the physical and chemical processes in an organism by which oxygen is conveyed to tissues and cells, and the oxidation products, carbon dioxide and water, are given off.

b. an analogous chemical process, as in muscle cells or in anaerobic bacteria, occurring in the absence of oxygen.

[ 1400-50; late ME respiracioun respiration- (s. of respiratio ) a breathing out, equiv. to respirat ( us ) (ptp. of respirare to RESPIRE) + -ion- -ION ]

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