alveolar dead space

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alveolar dead space (countable and uncountable, plural alveolar dead spaces)

  1. (physiology) That volume of air in the alveoli of the lung which does not partake in gas exchange.
    • 1957. J. W. Severinghaus and M. Stupfel. Alveolar dead space as an index of distribution of blood flaw in pulmonary capillaries. J. Appl. Physiol. 10: 335-348.
      Alveolar dead space is herein defined as the difference between the physiologic and anatomic dead spaces.




Arend Bouhuys. 1964. "Respiratory dead space." in Handbook of Physiology. Section 3: Respiration. Vol 1. Wallace O. Fenn and Hermann Rahn (eds). Washington: American Physiological Society.

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