Respiration is the act of breathing. You wear a ventilator if you need help with your respiration.

Everyone who breathes has the power of respiration. There is, however, another type of respiration which occurs in cells. This is the process of taking in certain substances and putting out others that a cell undergoes to produces energy. One single breath, the inhale and the exhale together, is also called a respiration.

Definitions of respiration

n a single complete act of breathing in and out

“thirty respirations per minute”
Type of:
activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process
an organic process that takes place in the body

n the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation

breathing, external respiration, ventilation
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artificial respiration
an emergency procedure whereby breathing is maintained artificially
abdominal breathing
breathing in which most of the respiratory effort is done by the abdominal muscles
eupnea, eupnoea
normal relaxed breathing
energetic (deep and rapid) respiration that occurs normally after exercise or abnormally with fever or various disorders
slow or shallow breathing
an increased depth and rate of breathing greater than demanded by the body needs; can cause dizziness and tingling of the fingers and toes and chest pain if continued
heaving, panting
breathing heavily (as after exertion)
Cheyne-Stokes respiration, periodic breathing
abnormal respiration in which periods of shallow and deep breathing alternate
smoke, smoking
the act of smoking tobacco or other substances
snore, snoring, stertor
the act of snoring or producing a snoring sound
sniffle, snivel, snuffle
the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested)
breathing with a husky or whistling sound
second wind
the return of relatively easy breathing after initial exhaustion during continuous exertion
blowing tobacco smoke out into the air
Type of:
activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process
an organic process that takes place in the body

n the metabolic processes whereby certain organisms obtain energy from organic molecules; processes that take place in the cells and tissues during which energy is released and carbon dioxide is produced and absorbed by the blood to be transported to the lungs

cellular respiration, internal respiration
Type of:
metabolic process, metabolism
the organic processes (in a cell or organism) that are necessary for life

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