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  1. (noun, act) the metabolic processes whereby certain organisms obtain energy from organic molecules; processes that take place in the cells and tissues during which energy is released and carbon dioxide is produced and absorbed by the blood to be transported to the lungs
  2. (noun, act) a single complete act of breathing in and out
  3. (noun, act) the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation

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Origin of the word Respiration

  1. early 15c., from L. respirationem, noun of action from respirare (see respire). more

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Words that sound like Respiration

recuperation, rescue operation

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