respiratory

[ res-per-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, ri-spahyuh r-uh- ]
/ ˈrɛs pər əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, rɪˈspaɪər ə- /

adjective

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
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British Dictionary definitions for respiratory

respiratory

rarely respirational (ˌrɛspəˈreɪʃənəl)

/ (ˈrɛspərətərɪ, -trɪ) /

adjective

of, relating to, or affecting respiration or the organs used in respiration
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Word Origin and History for respiratory

respiratory


adj.

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

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Medicine definitions for respiratory

respiratory

[ rĕspər-ə-tôr′ē, rĭ-spīrə- ]

adj.

Of, relating to, used in, or affecting respiration.
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