What does the word respiration mean?

Usage examples for respiration

  1. Mandi read his pulse and respiration again and nearly laughed aloud. – An Encounter in Atlanta by Ed Howdershelt
  2. Her agitation could be seen by her quick respiration, by her drooping eyelids, by the frequency with which she pressed her hand upon her heart. – Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas, Pere

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