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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: res'pi-ra'shun


A fundamental process of life, characteristic of both plants and animals, in which oxygen is used to oxidize organic fuel molecules, providing a source of energy as well as carbon dioxide and water. In green plants, photosynthesis is not considered respiration

Synonym(s): ventilation2

[L. respiratio, fr. respiro, pp. -atus, to exhale, breathe]

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