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The Mechanics of Breathing

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Breathing   The mechanism by which mammals ventilate their lungs. Air flows from a region of HIGH pressure to a region of LOW pressure.  
Intercostal Muscles   Muscles between the ribs on the rib cage.  
Diaphragm   A muscle that separates the lungs from the stomach. (Every mammal has a _________).  
Inhalation   When the external intercostal muscles and diaphragm contract. Diaphragm moves down in the chest cavity which increases the volume of this cavity.  
Exhalation   The external intercostal muscles and diaphragm relax. Internal intercostal muscles contract to pull the rib cage back to its original position.  
Tidal Volume   The volume of air inhaled and exhaled in a normal breathing movement.  
Inspiratory Reserve Volume   Additional volume of air that can be taken in, beyond the tidal volume.  
Expiratory Reserve Volume   The additional volume that can be forced out of the lungs, beyond the tidal volume.  
Vital Capacity   The total volume of gas that can be moved in or out of the lungs.  
Residual Volume   The amount of gas that remains in the lungs and the passageways of the respiratory system even after a full exhalation.  
Respiratory Efficiency   The rate at which the oxygen can be transferred into the blood stream for transport to the rest of the body.  


   






 
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