Respiration consists of two phases:

  1. Inspiration and
  2. Expiration - which are accomplished by the alternate increase and decrease of the capacity of the thoracic cavity. The rate varies between 16 and 20 per minute in normal resting patients and is faster in children and slower in the elderly.

Types of Respiration:

  1. Abdominal type of respiration - In babies and young children.
  2. Thoracic type of respiration - In the adult.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Respiration
- The act of respiring or breathing again, or catching one's breath.
- Relief from toil or suffering: rest.
- Interval; intermission.
- The act of resping or breathing; the act of taking in and giving out air; the aggregate of those processes bu which oxygen is introduced into the system, and carbon dioxide, or carbonic acid, removed.
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