pertaining to or serving for respiration:
of, relating to, or affecting respiration or the organs used in respiration
respiratory res·pi·ra·to·ry (rěs’pər-ə-tôr’ē, rĭ-spīr’ə-)
Of, relating to, used in, or affecting respiration.
- Respiratory acidosis
respiratory acidosis n. Acidosis that is caused by retention of carbon dioxide, due to inadequate pulmonary ventilation or hypoventilation, and that results in a decrease in blood pH unless compensated for by renal retention of bicarbonate.
- Respiratory alkalosis
respiratory alkalosis n. Alkalosis resulting from abnormal loss of carbon dioxide due to hyperventilation.
- Respiratory bronchiole
respiratory bronchiole n. The smallest subdivision of a bronchiole, connecting a terminal bronchiole to an alveolar duct.
- Respiratory capacity
respiratory capacity n. See vital capacity.