anatomic dead space

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

  1. (anatomy) That volume of conducting airways of the lung, as measured by a cast of the airways.
  2. (physiology) That volume of inspired gas that does not mix with alveolar gas, as measured in vivo by gas dilution, by the method of Fowler.



  • 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.
  • John B. West. 2011. Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Ninth edition. ISBN-13 978-1609136406.