a myxovirus causing infections of the nose and throat, esp in young children. It is thought to be involved in some cot deaths RSV
respiratory syncytial virus n.
Abbr. Rs virus
An RNA-containing virus that causes minor respiratory infections in adults and bronchitis and bronchopneumonia in children.
respiratory syncytial virus
A virus of the family Paromyxoviridae and the genus Pneumovirus that causes severe childhood respiratory infections, especially bronchiolitis in infants.
noun, Anatomy. 1. the system by which oxygen is taken into the body and an exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide takes place; in mammals the system includes the nasal passages, pharynx, trachea, bronchi, and lungs. respiratory system noun 1. the specialized organs, collectively, concerned with external respiration: in humans and other mammals it includes […]
- Respiratory tract
respiratory tract n. The air passages from the nose to the pulmonary alveoli, including the pharynx, larynx, trachea, and bronchi. respiratory tract definition The path that air follows as it is inhaled and directed into the lungs. The respiratory tract includes the nose and nasal passages, the throat and trachea, and the bronchial tubes.
verb (used without object), respired, respiring. 1. to inhale and exhale air for the purpose of maintaining life; breathe. 2. to breathe freely again, after anxiety, trouble, etc. verb (used with object), respired, respiring. 3. to breathe; inhale and exhale. 4. to exhale. verb 1. to inhale and exhale (air); breathe 2. (intransitive) to undergo […]
[res-puh-rom-i-ter] /ˌrɛs pəˈrɒm ɪ tər/ noun 1. an instrument for measuring the extent of respiratory movement. 2. an instrument for measuring oxygen consumption or carbon dioxide production in an isolated tissue. respirometer res·pi·rom·e·ter (rěs’pə-rŏm’ĭ-tər) n. An instrument for measuring the degree and nature of respiration.