respiratory quotient

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respiratory quotient

n. Abbr. RQ
The ratio of the volume of carbon dioxide released to the volume of oxygen consumed by a body tissue or an organism in a given period.

respiratory quotient

n
(Biology) biology the ratio of the volume of carbon dioxide expired to the volume of oxygen consumed by an organism, tissue, or cell in a given time

res′piratory quo`tient


n.
the ratio of carbon dioxide released by the lungs to oxygen taken in during a given period.
[1885–90]
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Noun1.respiratory quotient - the ratio of the volume of carbon dioxide expired to the volume of oxygen consumed by an organism or cell in a given period of time
ratio - the relative magnitudes of two quantities (usually expressed as a quotient)
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