respiratory 1790, from Mod.L. respiratorius or O.Fr. respiratoire; see RESPIRATION (Cf. respiration) + -ORY (Cf. -ory).

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  • Respiratory — Re*spir a*to*ry (r?*sp?r ?*t?*r? or r?s p?*r? ), a. (Physiol.) Of or pertaining to respiration; serving for respiration; as, the respiratory organs; respiratory nerves; the respiratory function; respiratory changes. [1913 Webster] {Respiratory… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • respiratory — [res′pər ə tôr΄ē, ri spī′rətôr΄ē] adj. [ML respiratorius] of, for, or involving respiration or the respiratory system …   English World dictionary

  • respiratory — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to respiration or the organs of respiration …   English terms dictionary

  • respiratory — /res peuhr euh tawr ee, tohr ee, ri spuyeur euh /, adj. pertaining to or serving for respiration: respiratory disease. [1780 90; < LL respiratorius, equiv. to L respira(re) to RESPIRE + torius TORY1] * * * (as used in expressions) severe acute… …   Universalium

  • Respiratory — Having to do with respiration. The word comes from the Latin re (again) + spirare (to breathe) = to breathe again. * * * Relating to respiration. * * * res·pi·ra·to·ry res p(ə )rə .tōr ē, ri spī rə , .tȯr adj 1) of or relating to respiration… …   Medical dictionary

  • respiratory — res|pi|ra|to|ry [ resp(ə)rə,tɔri ] adjective FORMAL relating to the process of breathing air in and out: the respiratory system The patient died of respiratory failure. the department of respiratory medicine …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • respiratory — [[t]re̱spərətri, AM tɔːri[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n Respiratory means relating to breathing. [MEDICAL] ...people with severe respiratory problems... If you smoke then the whole respiratory system is constantly under attack …   English dictionary

  • respiratory — adjective formal or technical connected with breathing: respiratory diseases | the respiratory system …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • respiratory — UK [rɪˈspɪrət(ə)rɪ] / UK [ˈresp(ə)rət(ə)rɪ] / US [ˈresp(ə)rəˌtɔrɪ] adjective biology relating to the process of breathing air in and out the respiratory system The patient died of respiratory failure …   English dictionary

  • respiratory — adj. Respiratory is used with these nouns: ↑ailment, ↑allergy, ↑disease, ↑failure, ↑illness, ↑infection, ↑rate, ↑symptom, ↑system …   Collocations dictionary

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