respiratory centres

respiratory centres

complex of neurons in the brain stem where the breathing rhythm is generated, and where various neural inputs influence the neural output to the respiratory muscles which in turn determines the depth and frequency of breathing. See also chemoreceptors.
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When activated they release a chemical messenger called ATP that stimulates brain respiratory centres to increase our breathing in order for extra carbon dioxide to be removed from the blood and exhaled.
cardiac arrhythmias secondary to a massive release of catecholamines, and respiratory arrest secondary to compression of respiratory centres in the brain.