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1. To breathe.
2. To consume oxygen and produce carbon dioxide by metabolism.
[L. respiro, to breathe]


v. re·spired, re·spiring, re·spires
1. To breathe in and out; inhale and exhale: respired with difficulty.
2. To carry out the metabolic process of respiration: Different parts of a plant respire at different rates.
3. Archaic To regain one's spirits, as after a period of exertion or trouble.
1. To inhale and exhale (air, for example); breathe.
2. To use (a molecule or compound) for the metabolic process of respiration: bacteria that respire sulfur compounds.
3. To keep (a person or animal) breathing by artificial means: "Becky was still being respired by the ventilator" (Robin Cook).


To breathe and to consume oxygen and release carbon dioxide.


1. To breathe.
2. To consume oxygen and produce carbon dioxide by metabolism.
[L. respiro, to breathe]

Patient discussion about respire

Q. Help her to breathe. My sixteen year old cousin (girl) who is wondering if she is suffering from asthma, anxiety or both. She is thin, healthy girl and have been very worried She have asthma and have been thinking about it constantly. When she exercise, she get more out of breath, more worn out, and her heart beats faster than other people. Sometimes her chest hurts, but people tell me that is from my chest muscles being worked. She get a little dizzy also. When she go to bed at night sometimes it seems hard to breathe. She can take a deep breath and everything but it seems hard or something. I know there isn't anything wrong with my heart because she had an EKG done recently and chest x-rays. That was fine. When it is hot humid and muggy outside she find it hard to breath. Do you think she have asthma. She don't have any coughing or any known wheezing. Could thinking about every breath she take seem like she have asthma? She really want to know and me too, what is going on! Please help her to breathe!!!!

A. PS--alcohol and cigarettes can cause this problem to(drugs)mrfoot56.

Q. What causes bad breath? I have bad breath for a long time. What causes it?

A. Here are some causes of bad breath:
A Dry mouth- Saliva helps cleanse and moisten your mouth. A dry mouth enables dead cells to accumulate on your tongue, gums and cheeks. These cells then decompose and cause odor. Dry mouth naturally occurs during sleep. It's what causes "morning breath." Dry mouth is even more of a problem if you sleep with your mouth open. Some medications as well as smoking can lead to a chronic dry mouth, as can a problem with your salivary glands.
Some Diseases can also cause bad breath- Chronic lung infections and lung abscesses can produce very foul-smelling breath. Other illnesses, such as some cancers and certain metabolic disorders, can cause a distinctive breath odor. Kidney failure can cause a urine-like odor, and liver failure may cause an odor described as "fishy." People with uncontrolled diabetes often have a fruity breath odor. Chronic reflux of stomach acids from your stomach (gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD)

Q. How to get rid of bad breath? My wife complains that I have bad breath. How can I get rid of it?

A. Consider that candida infection can make your breath worse. You might try cutting down on sugar and carbs.

"Bad breath can also be caused by a candida (yeast infection), you may have a constant white furry tongue. Look at cutting down your intake of sugars and processed foods, as well as those containing yeast. - Search for Anti-Candida diet on a search engine for more info"

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Through Mitsui Chemicals acquisitions of Respire Medical, Dentca and PixelOptics and Panasonic Healthcare technology, Whole You and its partners will push the boundaries of technology to greatly improve how life is experienced by millions of Americans.
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To complement the company's current portfolio of oral appliances for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, the company has launched new Whole You Sleep Appliances - Respire Pink Endurance Framework (EF) and Respire Pink Micro.
coli can use nitrate as a replacement for oxygen to respire, produce energy and grow," said lead author Andreas Baumler, a professor of medical microbiology and immunology at UC Davis.
The bacteria use organic acids produced by other bacteria to respire and thrive.
beaucoup moins que]Pour la premiere fois depuis de longues decennies, le grand peuple egyptien respire la brise de la liberte avec la Revolution du 25 Janvier, dont la principale revendication etait la fin de l'etat d'urgence[beaucoup plus grand que], a-t-il dit.
RESPIRE (Randomized Exposure Study of Pollution Indoors and Respiratory Effects) was a randomized trial of a chimney woodstove that reduces wood smoke exposure.
The shelf life of food is almost entirely determined by oxygen -sometimes it needs to be excluded, sometimes included, and often the rate of flow through the packaging needs to be precisely controlled so that foods can respire.
Basically, you take a rock and take away all the oxygen and the bugs would just settle down and respire the rock.
They breathe, eat, drink, respire, consume energy, procreate, age and die.
This technology, known as "modified atmosphere packaging," allows fresh-cut produce to respire slowly and stay fresh during the longest possible storage time.
Leaf continues to respire after it has been harvested - and, as a result of this natural and inevitable process, it starts to deteriorate.