respiratory center

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respiratory center n.
The region of neurons in the brain that receives afferent information that is then translated to signals controlling the sequence of breathing.

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respiratory center

noun
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 
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