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completely irregular breathing pattern, with continually variable rate and depth of breathing; results from lesions in the respiratory centers in the brainstem, extending from the dorsomedial medulla caudally to the obex.
An irregular, uncoordinated breathing pattern common in infants.
See also: breathing
Biot,Camille, French physician, 1878–.
Biot breathing - Synonym(s): Biot respiration
Biot breathing sign - irregular periods of apnea alternating with four or five deep breaths, seen with increased intracranial pressure.
Biot respiration - abrupt, irregular alternating periods of apnea with constant rate and depth of breathing, as that resulting from lesions due to increased intracranial pressure. Synonym(s): ataxic breathing; Biot breathing; respiratory ataxia