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[res-per-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, ri-spahyuh r-uh-] /ˈrɛs pər əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, rɪˈspaɪər ə-/
pertaining to or serving for respiration:
respiratory disease.
Origin of respiratory
1780-90; < Late Latin respīrātōrius, equivalent to Latin respīrā(re) to respire + -tōrius -tory1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for respiratory
  • These were earmarked for people at high risk, those with respiratory troubles such as asthma or emphysema.
  • Levels of nitrogen oxides, fossil fuel combustion emissions implicated in respiratory disease, have fallen dramatically.
  • And this means that pepper sprays pose a genuine risk to people with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
  • They might cause unpleasant upper respiratory irritations, but they will not send anyone into anaphylactic shock.
  • Both bird and human flu viruses infect people by attaching themselves to cells in the respiratory tract.
  • People get colds, flu, pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.
  • Once she went into respiratory arrest during sedation and had to be revived.
  • Many kinds of respiratory ailments are another cost.
  • Ape researchers are exposing their wild subjects to fatal respiratory diseases, a new study says.
  • Her recovery from respiratory failure is nearly instantaneous.
British Dictionary definitions for respiratory


/ˈrɛspərətərɪ; -trɪ/
of, relating to, or affecting respiration or the organs used in respiration
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Word Origin and History for respiratory

1660s, from Modern Latin respiratorius or French respiratoire; see respiration + -ory.

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respiratory in Medicine

respiratory res·pi·ra·to·ry (rěs'pər-ə-tôr'ē, rĭ-spīr'ə-)
Of, relating to, used in, or affecting respiration.

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