SYN: breathing. [G. pneo, to breathe]

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pneu·sis (nooґsis) [Gr. pneusis a blowing] ventilation (def. 2).

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • apneusis — An abnormal respiratory pattern consisting of a pause at full inspiration; a prolonged inspiratory cramp caused by a lesion at the mid or caudal pontine level of the brainstem. [G. a priv. + pneusis, a breathing, fr. pneo, to breathe] …   Medical dictionary

  • Breathing — The process of respiration, during which air is inhaled into the lungs through the mouth or nose due to muscle contraction, and then exhaled due to muscle relaxation. * * * Inhalation and exhalation of air or gaseous mixtures. SYN: pneusis.… …   Medical dictionary

  • Ventilation — The exchange of air between the lungs and the atmosphere so that oxygen can be exchanged for carbon dioxide in the alveoli (the tiny air sacs in the lungs). In pulmonary medicine, a distinction is made between pulmonary and alveolar ventilation.… …   Medical dictionary

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