oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve

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Related to oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve: oxyhemoglobin saturation, Haldane effect


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dose-effect curve (dose-response curve) a graphic representation of the effect caused by an agent (such as a drug or radiation) plotted against the dose, showing the relationship of the effect to changes in the dose.
growth curve the curve obtained by plotting increase in size or numbers against the elapsed time.
oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve a graphic curve representing the normal variation in the amount of oxygen that combines with hemoglobin as a function of the partial pressures of oxygen and carbon dioxide. The curve is said to shift to the right when less than a normal amount of oxygen is taken up by the blood at a given Po2, and to shift to the left when more than a normal amount is taken up. Factors influencing the shape of the curve include changes in the blood pH, Pco2, and temperature; the presence of carbon monoxide; alterations in the constituents of the erythrocytes; and certain disease states.
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Spee curve (curve of Spee) the anatomic curvature of the occlusal alignment of teeth, beginning at the tip of the lower canine, following the buccal cusps of the premolars and molars, and continuing to the anterior border of the ramus.
strength-duration curve a graphic representation of the relationship between the intensity of an electric stimulus at the motor point of a muscle and the length of time it must flow to elicit a minimal contraction; see also chronaxie and rheobase. In cardiac pacing it is useful in determining characteristics of a particular pacing electrode and determining the most efficient selection of pacing parameters for an appropriate safety margin.
survival curve a graph of the probability of survival versus time, commonly used to present the results of clinical trials, e.g., a graph of the fraction of patients surviving (until death, relapse, or some other defined endpoint) at each time after a certain therapeutic procedure.

oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve,

a graphic expression of the affinity between oxygen and hemoglobin or of the amount of oxygen chemically bound at equilibrium to the hemoglobin in blood as a function of oxygen pressure. The curve also includes the pH, temperature, and carbon dioxide pressure.

ox·y·he·mo·glo·bin dis·so·ci·a·tion curve

(ok'sē-hē'mŏ-glōb'in di-sō'sē-ā'shŭn kŭrv)
A graphic illustration of the relationship between oxygen saturation of hemoglobin and the partial pressure of arterial oxygen (PaO2); the position and overall shape of this sigmoidal curve are affected by the hydrogen ion concentration (pH), body temperature, partial pressure of carbon dioxide (PCO2), and organic phosphates.
Synonym(s): oxyhaemoglobin dissociation curve, oxyhaemoglobin dissociation curve.


hemoglobin combined with molecular oxygen, the form in which oxygen is transported in the blood. See also hemoglobin.

oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve
see hemoglobin-oxygen dissociation curve.
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On the other hand, compare that PO2 change to a PO2 change of the same magnitude along the flat portion of the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve.
The presence of methemoglobin also causes the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve to shift to the left.