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noun

a condition in which the respiratory system is unable to provide an adequate supply of oxygen or to remove carbon dioxide efficiently

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respiratory failure

n.

An acute or chronic condition in which pulmonary function is markedly impaired, usually characterized by elevated carbon dioxide or decreased oxygen (or both) in the arterial blood. Patients in respiratory failure often require ventilators to breathe.
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