respiratory center


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res·pi·ra·to·ry cen·ter

the region in the medulla oblongata concerned with integrating afferent information to determine the signals to the respiratory muscles; the inspiratory and expiratory centers considered together.

res·pi·ra·to·ry cen·ter

(res'pir-ă-tōr-ē sen'tĕr)
The region in the medulla oblongata concerned with integrating afferent information to determine the signals to the respiratory muscles; the inspiratory and expiratory centers considered together.

respiratory center

A region in the medulla oblongata of the brainstem that regulates movements of respiration. This area consists of an inspiratory center and an expiratory center. The pons contains the apneustic center and the pneumotaxic center.
See also: center
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Once it falls to a certain level, the respiratory center in the brain becomes stimulated and the person arouses briefly to take some quick, deep breaths to restore the blood oxygen level.
McBride, who is also director of the respiratory center at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron (Ohio).
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In normal breathing after a particular degree of stretching or even before this, stretch receptors (situated in the walls of the alveoli) are stimulated and send information to the respiratory center so that exhalation sets in.
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