thoracic respiration


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tho·rac·ic res·pi·ra·tion

respiration effected chiefly by the action of the intercostal and other muscles that raise the ribs, causing expansion of the chest.
Synonym(s): costal respiration
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thoracic respiration

Respiration performed entirely by expansion of the chest when the abdomen does not move. It is seen when the peritoneum or diaphragm is inflamed, when the abdominal cavity is restricted by tight bandages or clothes, or during abdominal surgery.
See: Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage Breathing
See also: respiration
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