Part of speech: adjective

Serving for respiraton.

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Usage examples "respiratory":

  1. The infant is launched into altogether new surroundings; and these operate through the mechanism of the nervous machinery, with the result that the potential energy of some of the work- stuff in the muscles which bring about inspiration is suddenly converted into actual energy; and this, operating through the mechanism of the respiratory apparatus, gives rise to an act of inspiration. - "Aphorisms and Reflections from the works of T. H. Huxley", Thomas Henry Huxley.
  2. The elephant, tortoise, snake and other animals noted for their longevity have a respiratory rate which is less than man's. - "Autobiography of a YOGI", Paramhansa Yogananda.
  3. It was thus proved that the rate at which water was pumped out at the sides of the tail was greater than that at which it passed in by the respiratory movements, and consequently there a resultant negative pressure beneath the body. - "Hormones and Heredity", J. T. Cunningham.