Talk:accessory breathing

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accessory breathing[edit]

Of muscles involved in such breathing.

I doubt that this can be shown to be a true adjective. DCDuring TALK 15:54, 27 June 2011 (UTC)

I doubt also the existence of the noun. Nothing that I was able to find of "accessory breathing" supports the definition we currently have. "Accessory breathing muscle" for example does not appear to be "accessory breathing" + "muscle" but rather "accessory" + "breathing muscle". They are required when consumption of oxygen exceeds normal, such as during exercise. There's nothing unhealthy about stronger-than-normal breathing, nor is it particularly shallow. I say delete to the whole entry, unless proper citations are provided, or the definition is changed to something plausible. Some frogs use their skin as "accessory breathing organ", and in their case it might make sense to speak of "accessory breathing" to make a distinction with the "ordinary" breathing that takes place through the lungs. But, even that is suspective as SoP, because it is clearly "accessory" + "breathing". --Hekaheka 12:39, 28 June 2011 (UTC)
I'm not sure about the noun. Sometimes it is easier to read "accessory-breathing muscle" and sometimes "accessory breathing-muscle". I will try to find cites for the noun not used attributively. DCDuring TALK 14:38, 28 June 2011 (UTC)
I found such citations for the noun and added two of the most common collocations as usexes. Now to work on the noun definition. DCDuring TALK 14:51, 28 June 2011 (UTC)

Deleted adjective sense as there were no defenders. Noun sense looks acceptable now. --Hekaheka 20:07, 27 September 2011 (UTC)