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respiratory quotient

 

Definition: the steady-state ratio of carbon dioxide produced by tissue metabolism to oxygen consumed in the same metabolism; for the whole body, normally about 0.82 under basal conditions; in the steady state, the respiratory quotient is equal to the respiratory exchange ratio.

Synonym(s): respiratory coefficient

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