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What is the purpose of the respiratory system?
The respiratory system works iin close combination with the circulatory system to provide a constant supply of oxygen to every cell in the body and to remove all gaseous waste (carbon dioxide or CO2) from the body. Its structure allow life-giving gas exchange between the blood and the atmosphere. This is the primary function of the respiratory system.
What are the secondary functions of the respiratory system?
These include vocalizations (speech), or the production of sound as air passes over the vocal cords, assistance with abdominal compression which occurs during mictruition (urination), defecation, and parturition (childbirth) and the natural reflexes of coughing and sneezing which assure that the respiratory system is kept clean.
The process of breathing in and out.
This occurs when the diaphragm moves to create a slight vacuum in the chest cavity, causing the lungs to expand and draw air from the airway inward to the lungs.
When the chest was relaxes and the lungs contract to expel air.
The process of becoming widely spread. Specifically, oxygen is carried to every cell of the body by passing first through the pulmonary alveoli and then to the blood. Finally, carbon dioxide is released from the cells back into the blood, carried through the pulmonary alveoli, and released back out of the tract and into the atmosphere.
The specialty which deals with problems of the repsiratory system.
incentive spirometry
The measurement of the breathing capacity of the lungs.
Serves as a partition between the two parts of the nasal cavity. The nasal septum is made up of the ethmoid and vomer bones
external nares
singular choana These are the posterior nares and these link the external nares to the nasopharynx.
the bones which make up the nose: the frontal nasal, palatine, maxillae, and conchae
paranasal sinuses
Certain bones of the face which contain sir spaces.
the passageway which connects the nasal and oral cavities to the larynx.