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Questions tagged [breathing]

The physiological process of inhaling and exhaling air for the purpose of gas exchange in the lungs.

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What is the inlet/outlet speed of air going in/out of our mouth during inhalation/exhalation

During inhalation, your alveoli expand, creating a pressure difference between the atmosphereic pressure and our lung sacks and therefore air will flow into the repspiratory airways. I am trying to ...
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Can any other animal choke on food?

I read somewhere (I think it was Bill Bryson's book on the origins of the English language) that of all animals, we are the only ones that can choke on food (having something to do with how our larynx ...
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Formula for Oxygen Consumption for Atlantic Salmon (Mathematical) - insecurities regarding variable

The oxygen is calculated in mg per kg per something, so what does $h^{-1}$ stand for? hours maybe? The formula given below is an estimation of oxygen consumption for Atlantic salmon \begin{...
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What are the sources of molecular hydrogen in human breath?

In the BBC News article CES 2019: Tech preview of the expo's hottest new gadgets there is a new product that one can use to measure the hydrogen in ones breath, and this is supposed to have some ...
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Is death by cyanide the same as suffocation?

I started the night off by reading about "what does drinking the Kool-aid mean" this lead to a wikipedia article which described the horrors of the Jonestown cult mass suicide/murder in the 1970s. ...
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How do fishes “breathe” while eating?

First of all, a fish opens its mouth and water enters which passes through its gills. This helps in oxygenating its blood. So, if any food particle is in its mouth, how can it "breathe" i.e. how does ...
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How much oxygen does a human need to breathe?

So, I know that the title isn't very precise, but so is my current knowledge of the subject. It begs the question of what unit are we talking or maybe percentage? Let me explain the situation. Earth'...
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How is breathing involuntary if the muscles that control it are skeletal?

How is breathing involuntary if the muscles that control it are skeletal? Breathing is involuntary. However, the muscles that control it are skeletal: intercostal muscles and the diaphragm. Are there ...
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What causes inhalation during breathing?

I have read here that the two major inhalation muscles are the (1) diaphragm and the (2) external intercostals. Additionally, inhalation can also be caused by (1) expansion of the abdominal cavity, ...
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Is lowered blood pressure a primary lethal symptom of an opiate overdose?

When someone has a opiate overdose, they can have no or almost no pulse and can have shallow breathing or stop breathing. When you stop breathing (for example) by drowning, you can survive for a long ...
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What's the relationship between oxygen consumption and ambient oxygen concentration for a lobster?

I was looking at a research paper by Thomas (1954) and came across a graph with ambient oxygen concentration plotted against oxygen consumption rate of a European lobster kept in water. As we can see,...
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Why does menthol clear a stuffy nose?

I've looked all around online for an answer to this. Some sites say menthol causes blood vessels in the nose to constrict, some sites say it causes blood vessels to expand. Many sites simply say it's ...
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How does fish breath under water? [closed]

How we will describe the whole mechanism of fish breathing under water? How they absorb oxygen and and then remove oxygen through a process known as gas exchange?
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How is CO2 and O2 separated in our body during breathing?

https://www.msdmanuals.com/home/lung-and-airway-disorders/biology-of-the-lungs-and-airways/exchanging-oxygen-and-carbon-dioxide The image in the above link shows that CO2 and O2 both pass through the ...
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How does CO2 gets diffused into the red blood cells?

Carbon dioxide diffuses out of the tissues and into the blood, where it is dissolved in the plasma. While some of the carbon dioxide remains dissolved in the plasma, most carbon dioxide diffuses into ...
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Why doesn't it feel suffocating when taking a shower? [closed]

When one walks into a bathroom where someone is (or just finished) taking a shower it is hard to breathe, because it's filled with steam, yet the person taking a shower can breathe just fine despite ...
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How long could a shark breathe pepsi?

Sharks breathe seawater. Seawater isn't 100% pure water, but mostly water. Pepsi (other colas are available) isn't 100% pure water, but mostly water. How long would a shark be able to breathe if ...
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For emphysema, which of the respiratory volumes is affected?

It could be the tidal volume because it affects how a person inhales and exhales normally. It could be the residual volume and functional residual volume, because it increases its amount. Because it ...
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Can breathing in helium (from balloons for example) cause damage to the throat in the long term?

Often an activity to do at a party, breath in helium and speak like one of the chipmunks. But, I am wondering, would infrequent inhalation of helium cause long term harm to the throat? in particular, ...
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Is too much CO2 in the air toxic?

I know that if there is too much CO2 in the air we will have too much greenhouse effect. I would like to know if there is too much CO2 in the room, something like 3% while there is also more that ...
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Sitting in a closed room filled with regular air - for how long will the air last?

The question has implicitely a lot of variables attached to it: volume of the room activity how closed the room is size of the person (I'm 168cm long and 64 kg heavy) That could probably be turned ...
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Can oxygen deprivation damage the brain even before passing out?

I read that when suffering from cardiac arrest you pass out after about a couple of seconds and irrevocal damage starts to take place after about two minutes. (http://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/2009/...
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How do burrowing animals get enough oxygen?

Tree borers make a small hole in a tree. At the end of it, they chew on wood to elongate the tunnel. They digest food and grow. All this takes oxygen. The entrance to the tunnel is generally small. ...
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Are nosebleeds unique to humans?

Are there other species that get nosebleeds? If so, do they occur for the same reasons that humans get nosebleeds? How would an animal stop a nosebleed?
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Why is it that I can only detect smells if I breathe, and not when I hold my breath?

At school we're told that the receptors for smell (olfactory receptors) are present in the Schneiderian membrane. But I've noticed that I'm only able to detect smells only while I breathe and not when ...
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Why can't we kill ourselves by holding our breath?

Is it possible to kill yourself by holding your breath? This question is obviously copied from Quora, but I had heard it as a fact that we cannot kill ourselves by holding our breath and I'm looking ...
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Why have whales and dolphins not evolved to have gills? [duplicate]

It seems at first glance that it would be an evolutionary disadvantage for a sea creature to have to come up to the surface on a regular basis in order to breathe, so why are there animals (e.g. ...
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How can diving with 100% oxygen not destroy your lungs? [closed]

It is possible this should be moved to physics, depending on the nature of the answer (i.e. if the reason is physical). But I suspect the explanation is biological, so I posted it here. Sometimes ...
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Breathing with Clogged Nose during Sleep

This just happened to me recently, I was trying to sleep with clogged nose, so I tried breathing through my mouth. As you can imagine it was hard, but I managed to sleep deeply. So I became curious, ...
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Why does the pulmonary artery have higher glucose concentration than the pulmonary vein?

If the pulmonary artery have higher glucose concentration than the pulmonary vein, does it mean glucose will be consumed during gas exchange? That confused me because gas exchange is something like ...
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How can we differentiate between respiration and breathing?

I am a student of 10th grade, and I eagerly want to learn biology. What is the difference between respiration and breathing?
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Why are nosebleeds easier to get in the winter?

I understand it probably has to do with the dry air, but what does dry air do to make nosebleeds so easy to get? For example, even gently blowing your nose can cause a nosebleed for some people during ...
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Why can't people talk while inhaling?

Why do we have to exhale in order to talk? From looking on Wikipedia, it seems like it has something to do with the glottis, but I'm not clear on the mechanism that makes speech sound so different ...
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Breathing faster to lose (more) weight?

I understand that when the human body loses weight, the vast majority of that weight is lost as $CO_2$ (and a small bit is lost as water). I expect the predominant way $CO_2$ exits the body is through ...
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Why does breathing increase in higher temperatures?

In my experiment, my group increased the temperature of a fish's water. We noticed the fish took more breaths than the prior normal temperature. Is this because the fish is trying to breathe in the ...
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Why does the upper respiratory tract not fill with water when diving?

When we swim, I know we close the some of the vestibular folds in the larynx part of the throat to hold our breath (and to avoid water from getting into the lower respiratory tract, I suppose). I ...
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Affinity for oxygen and carbon dioxide in animals

I'm currently reading Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology (A) and don't understand the following fragment: The affinity for oxygen in lower animals is many times that in higher ones, whereas ...
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Why Lungs can't work in water and gills can't work in air? [closed]

Animals-with-lungs (such as most terrestrial mammals) cannot continue breathing if merged in water, and soon die. Whereas fishes can breathe in water (at least for few-hours in case of some fishes ...
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How is the human oxygen absorption dependent on the concentration of oxygen in respiratory air?

I just wanted to calculate the theoretical time span in which I could survive (conscious) in my apartment without letting the air on the inside exchange oxygen/carbon dioxide with fresh air. During my ...
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Would short term increases in oxygen lead to beneficial effects?

After some thinking, I am wondering if having a 30% atmospheric oxygen concentration (or some other concentration) for a short time would increase the regeneration of energy in a body? It seems like ...
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Nose breathing and swimming

If you're standing and holding your nose closed, it becomes quickly uncomfortable; although you can breath fully through your mouth, it still feels like your lacking air since you're naturally trying ...
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In scuba diving, are nitrogen narcosis and high pressure nervous syndrome the same thing?

In training for scuba diving, they tell you that when you're bellow 100 ft or so you have to watch out for changes in mental state that resemble drunkenness. The cause of these mental disturbances is ...
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Oxygen dissociation curve and temperature

So, we have a container with a mixture of gases. The concentration of oxygen is $C_{oxy}$ and its partial pressure is $P_{oxy}$. Then we introduce a sample of hemoglobin(deoxygenated) in that ...
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More *total* oxygen absorbed by breathing fast or slow?

I have heard that human lungs capture/absorb/process more oxygen by breathing slower. A) Is the above true? B) If so, if my primary concern was absorbing the most total oxygen (not most efficient), ...
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Cough at 1000 km/h?

How fast does air move in the airways during a cough? The following passage is from Talley and O'Connor's Clinical examination: a systematic guide to physical diagnosis (emphasis mine): Cough is a ...
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Why can one swim longer underwater by blowing out air?

I am a human. I take a deep breath. I swim underwater... After some time, I need to blow out some air. I blow out some air... By doing so, I can swim underwater longer. Blowing out some air gives me ...
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What is the biological principle of this “holotropic breathwork” technique?

Holotropic breathwork is a non-drug technique developed by Stanislav Grof used in psychotherapy. The therapy as a whole is usually called holotropic breathwork (at least by Grof himself) and will most ...
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Does the Valsalva maneuver require a completely closed airway? How do the effects compare to exhalation against partial resistance?

The Valsalva maneuver is defined as "attempted exhalation against a closed airway", "The effort to breathe out forcibly while the mouth and nose are firmly closed or the vocal cords pressed together", ...
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Staying underwater: would mutual rebreathing help?

If two people want to stay underwater for as long as possible, could they last longer if they exchange breaths in turns (ie: through a simple tube or mouth-to-mouth) than if they simply hold their ...
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Bigger animals needs bigger amount of oxygen? [closed]

Bigger animals, like Elephants, or Dinosaurs for example, are in need for more oxygen than the amount of oxygen that small animals need? (humans, dogs, cats, etc) Thanks in advance.