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The lungs are the respiratory organ which allows the take-up of oxygen and the release of CO2. They are present in most animals which breathe air including many fish species.

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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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What is a deep exhalation/inhalation?

I tried to find the academic definition of deep exhalation/inhalation but found nothing special. I speculate that the correct definition is as follows: • Deep ...
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Heart failure and pleural effusion

Why does pleural effusion usually occurs in the right hemithorax in acute heart failure? Could someone explain the mechanism? Thank you.
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Is lung size/shape a factor in long-continuous running of animals?

Apart from other factors, does lung shape/structure/size play any role in long-continuous running animals. Is there any similarity in lung structure between different long-continuous running species?
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How far does the diaphragm stretch when it contracts?

I have been wondering about this for this entire day today and I can't seem to find an answer. How far, exactly, does the diaphragm stretch for tidal breathing and what is its maximum stretch length?
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Does the right ventricle affect blood pressure in pulmonary veins?

Now, I know there are multiple things that push the blood through the entire pulmonary circulation like the contraction of arterial muscular walls... But what I want to know is whether the right ...
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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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Lungs permeability

My question is: $O_2$ and $CO_2$ pass to (in & out) the bloodstream due to difference in partial pressure and its permeability to those gases (I suppose that's why no $N_2$ passes). So, to what ...