AskDefine | Define respire

Dictionary Definition



1 breathe easily again, as after exertion or anxiety
2 undergo the biomedical and metabolic processes of respiration by taking up oxygen and producing carbonmonoxide
3 draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs; "I can breathe better when the air is clean"; "The patient is respiring" [syn: breathe, take a breath, suspire]

User Contributed Dictionary



From respirer.


  1. To breathe in and out
  2. To engage in the process of respiration
  3. To recover one's breath or breathe easily following stress
  4. To inhale and exhale); to breathe

Related terms



  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, respirer
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, respirer
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, respirer

Extensive Definition

In biochemistry, respiration may refer to:
  • Cellular respiration, the process in which the chemical bonds of energy-rich molecules such as glucose are converted into energy usable for life processes
  • Anaerobic respiration, a process that allows respiration without use of oxygen
  • Plant respiration, the enzymatic oxidation of substrates in plants, leading to the release of carbon dioxide respiration.
In physiology, respiration may refer to :
Medical devices involving respiration include:
Other uses include:
  • Carbon respiration, a phrase used in combination with carbon storage to calculate the amount of carbon (as CO2) flux occurring in the atmosphere through the various processes that add and subtract atmospheric carbon
  • Respiration rate, a parameter which is used in ecological and agronomical modelling
respire in Spanish: Respiración (desambiguación)
respire in Dutch: Ademhaling
respire in Chinese: 呼吸

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

be alive, be animate, blow, breathe, breathe hard, breathe in, breathe out, cough, draw breath, exhale, exhaust, exist, expel, expire, fetch breath, gasp, gulp, hack, have life, hiccup, huff, inhale, inspire, live, live and breathe, pant, puff, sigh, sneeze, sniff, sniffle, snore, snort, snuff, snuffle, subsist, walk the earth, wheeze
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