inspiratory center


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in·spi·ra·to·ry cen·ter

the region of the medulla oblongata that is electrically active during inspiration and where electrical stimulation produces sustained inspiration.

inspiratory center

The respiratory center, located in the rostral half of the reticular formation overlying the olivary nuclei, that generates impulses that cause contraction of the diaphragm and external intercostal muscles.
See also: center

inspiratory

pertaining to or used in the inspiration of air into the lungs.

inspiratory center
one of the four respiratory centers in the reticular formation of the brainstem.
inspiratory-inhibitory reflex
inspiratory reserve volume
the volume of air which the patient can still inhale after the completion of inhalation of the tidal volume.