respiratory center

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Noun1.respiratory center - the center in the medulla oblongata and pons that integrates sensory information about the level of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood and determines the signals to be sent to the respiratory muscles
nerve center, nerve centre, center, centre - a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; "in most people the speech center is in the left hemisphere"
medulla oblongata, medulla, bulb - lower or hindmost part of the brain; continuous with spinal cord; (`bulb' is an old term for medulla oblongata); "the medulla oblongata is the most vital part of the brain because it contains centers controlling breathing and heart functioning"
pons Varolii, pons - a band of nerve fibers linking the medulla oblongata and the cerebellum with the midbrain

res·pi·ra·to·ry cen·ter

n. centro respiratorio, área en la médula oblongata que regula los movimientos respiratorios.
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Increased carbon dioxide blood levels stimulate the brain's respiratory center to resume breathing (sometimes at a faster compensatory rate), which awakens the individual or disrupts the sleep cycle.
He said they could not save Korkmaz despite all medical efforts as the respiratory center in his brain was seriously damaged.
Normally, the respiratory center compensates quickly for metabolic disorders.
As the duration of breath holding during pranayama is gradually increased by practice, the respiratory center is acclimatized to withstand higher and higher carbon dioxide concentrations in the alveoli and the blood.
Consistent with the national database, in a referral respiratory center, patients with Down syndrome were more likely to have a diagnosis of pneumonia or influenza and to die during hospitalization.
Once a system is in place and working (the respiratory center as an example), it is added to, not completely replaced by a new model.
Martinez, director of Arizona Respiratory Center, said that 39 potential "asthma genes" have already been identified.
Agonal breathing--a distinctively slow breathing pattern in which the collapsed person seems to gasp for air--is extremely common shortly after the respiratory center in the brainstem becomes deprived of oxygen-rich blood.
However, enough energy passes through the body to disrupt and short-circuit electrical systems within the body, especially the heart, vasculature, respiratory center of the brain, reticular activating system, and autonomic nervous system.