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Nursing Arts

Vital Signs Terminology - Respiration Terms

Apnea Absence of breathing.
Bradypnea Below average or slow respiratory rate.
Cheyne-Stokes Respiration A gradual increase and then gradual decrease in depth and rate of respirations followed by a period of apnea.
Dyspnea Difficulty or painful breathing.
Exhalation/Expiration Act of release of air.
Hyperpnea Increase in respiratory rate and depth.
Hyperventilation Abnormally prolonged and deep breathing usually associated with acute anxiety or emotional tension.
Hypoxia O2 content in the blood below normal.
Inhalation/Inspiration Act of intake of air.
Orthopnea Dyspnea so severe patient needs to sit up to breathe normally.
Respiration Exchange of gases (O2 and CO2)
Stertorous Breathing accompanied by snores.
Stridor Noisy respirations with a harsh or crowing sound (as in croup).
Tachypnea Rapid respiratory rate.
Wheeze Noisy respirations with a whistling sound.
Created by: wenchie040