lungs


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lungs

The two organs of respiration, filling most of the chest cavity inside the rib cage and above the diaphragm. Each lung resembles a “tree” with hollow bronchi, bronchioles, and alveoli as “branches,” “twigs,” and “leaves.”
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And that there may be less difficulty in understanding what I am about to say on this subject, I advise those who are not versed in anatomy, before they commence the perusal of these observations, to take the trouble of getting dissected in their presence the heart of some large animal possessed of lungs (for this is throughout sufficiently like the human), and to have shown to them its two ventricles or cavities: in the first place, that in the right side, with which correspond two very ample tubes, viz.
Filling my lungs with air, I dived beneath the surface and swam through the inky, icy blackness on and on along the submerged gallery.
I struggled along heroically, my correlations breaking down, my legs tottering under me, my head swimming, my heart pounding, my lungs panting for air.
All physiologists admit that the swimbladder is homologous, or 'ideally similar,' in position and structure with the lungs of the higher vertebrate animals: hence there seems to me to be no great difficulty in believing that natural selection has actually converted a swimbladder into a lung, or organ used exclusively for respiration.
He bade him pour upon the wounds the lungs of a Goat.
Two white men an' a Swede froze to death that night, an' there was a dozen busted their lungs.
I opened my mouth wide, and my lungs saturated themselves with fresh particles.
Fancy a girl wanting to follow the hounds when her lungs are so bad
Instead, he filled his lungs with air before the huge reptile dragged him beneath the surface, and then, with all the might of his great muscles, fought bitterly for freedom.
He glanced up at the quiet stars, at the same time emptying his lungs of air.
What seemed the centre of the Stranger's form lay open to my view: yet I could see no heart, nor lungs, nor arteries, only a beautiful harmonious Something -- for which I had no words; but you, my Readers in Spaceland, would call it the surface of the Sphere.
Bowling is good for the stone and reins; shooting for the lungs and breast; gentle walking for the stomach; riding for the head; and the like.