respiration

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English respiracioun, borrowed from Latin respiratio, respirationis, from respirare.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɹɛspɪˈɹeɪʃən/
  • Hyphenation: res‧pi‧ra‧tion
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

Noun[edit]

respiration (countable and uncountable, plural respirations)

  1. The process of inhaling and exhaling; breathing, breath.
  2. An act of breathing; a breath.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, p. 76:
      Gowan snored, each respiration choking to a huddle fall, as though he would never breathe again.
  3. Any similar process in an organism that lacks lungs that exchanges gases with its environment.
  4. The process by which cells obtain chemical energy by the consumption of oxygen and the release of carbon dioxide.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin respiratio, respirationem.

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respiration f (plural respirations)

  1. respiration

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