oxygen consumption n.
An expression of the rate at which oxygen is used by tissues, usually given in microliters of oxygen consumed in 1 hour by 1 milligram dry weight of tissue.
noun, Ecology. 1. the process by which oxygen released into the atmosphere by photosynthetic organisms is taken up by aerobic organisms while the carbon dioxide released as a by-product of repiration is taken up for photosynthesis.
noun, Physiology. 1. the body’s oxygen deficiency resulting from strenuous physical activity. oxygen debt n. The amount of extra oxygen required by muscle tissue to oxidize lactic acid and replenish depleted ATP and phosphocreatine following vigorous exercise.
- Oxygen deficit
oxygen deficit n. The difference between oxygen uptake of the body during early stages of exercise and during a similar duration in a steady state of exercise, sometimes considered as the formation of oxygen debt.
- Oxygen effect
noun 1. (biology) the increased sensitivity to radiation of living organisms, tissues, etc, when they are exposed in the presence of oxygen