anatomic dead space


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Related to anatomic dead space: Physiologic Dead Space, alveolar dead space

an·a·tom·i·c dead space

the volume of the conducting airways from the external environment (at the nose and mouth) down to the level at which inspired gas exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide with pulmonary capillary blood; formerly presumed to extend down to the beginning of alveolar epithelium in the respiratory bronchioles, but more recent evidence indicates that effective gas exchange extends some distance up the thicker-walled conducting airways because of rapid longitudinal mixing. Compare: alveolar dead space, physiologic dead space.
Synonym(s): anatomic airway

anatomic dead space.

an·a·tom·i·c dead space

(an'ă-tom'ik ded spās)
The volume of the conducting airways from the external environment (at the nose and mouth) down to the level at which inspired gas exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide with pulmonary capillary blood; formerly presumed to extend down to the beginning of alveolar epithelium in the respiratory bronchioles, but more recent evidence indicates that effective gas exchange extends some distance up the thicker-walled conducting airways because of rapid longitudinal mixing.
Compare: alveolar dead space, physiologic dead space

an·a·tom·i·c dead space

(an'ă-tom'ik ded spās)
The volume of the conducting airways from the external environment (at the nose and mouth) down to the level at which inspired gas exchanges oxygen and carbon dioxide with pulmonary capillary blood.