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RESPIRATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does respiration mean? 

RESPIRATION (noun)
  The noun RESPIRATION has 3 senses:

1. 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
2. a single complete act of breathing in and out
3. the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation

  Familiarity information: RESPIRATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RESPIRATION (noun)


Sense 1respiration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

cellular respiration; internal respiration; respiration

Hypernyms ("respiration" is a kind of...):

metabolic process; metabolism; metastasis (the organic processes (in a cell or organism) that are necessary for life)


Sense 2respiration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A single complete act of breathing in and out

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

thirty respirations per minute

Hypernyms ("respiration" is a kind of...):

activity; bodily function; bodily process; body process (an organic process that takes place in the body)


Sense 3respiration [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

breathing; external respiration; respiration; ventilation

Hypernyms ("respiration" is a kind of...):

activity; bodily function; bodily process; body process (an organic process that takes place in the body)

Meronyms (parts of "respiration"):

breathing out; exhalation; expiration (the act of expelling air from the lungs)

aspiration; breathing in; inhalation; inspiration (the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "respiration"):

artificial respiration (an emergency procedure whereby breathing is maintained artificially)

wheeze (breathing with a husky or whistling sound)

sniffle; snivel; snuffle (the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested))

snore; snoring; stertor (the act of snoring or producing a snoring sound)

smoke; smoking (the act of smoking tobacco or other substances)

Cheyne-Stokes respiration; periodic breathing (abnormal respiration in which periods of shallow and deep breathing alternate)

heaving; panting (breathing heavily (as after exertion))

hyperventilation (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)

hypopnea (slow or shallow breathing)

hyperpnea (energetic (deep and rapid) respiration that occurs normally after exercise or abnormally with fever or various disorders)

eupnea; eupnoea (normal relaxed breathing)

abdominal breathing (breathing in which most of the respiratory effort is done by the abdominal muscles)

second wind (the return of relatively easy breathing after initial exhaustion during continuous exertion)


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