Respiration - the mechanics of breathing

breif notes on the mechanics of breathing

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Mechanics of breathing

  • Stimulation of the phrenic and intercostal nerves cause the respiratory muscles to contract.
  • During inspiration the contraction of respiratory muscles, diaphragm and the intercostal muscles cause the thoratic cavity to increase in size causing the lungs to expand.
  • This causes a drop in pressure, lower than in the atmosphere
  • Air rushes into the lungs
  • Expiration begins as the elastic recoil of the respiratory muscles causes the lung pressure to increase further.
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