clavicular respiration

cla·vi·cu·lar res·pir·a·tion

(klă-vik'yū-lăr res'pir-ā'shŭn)
An effortful method of respiration that uses neck strap muscles to raise the shoulders and thus enlarge the thorax so inhalation can take place. This method is inefficient compared with diaphragmatic respiration.
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