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Respiratory system   /rˈɛspərətˌɔri sˈɪstəm/   Listen
Respiratory system

The system for taking in oxygen and giving off carbon dioxide; in terrestrial animals this is accomplished by breathing.  Synonym: systema respiratorium.

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... the internal anatomy of these little creatures, his elaborate and patient dissections filling a great gap in our knowledge of their internal structure. The space at our disposal only permits us to speak briefly of the respiratory system. Lubbock found a simple system of tracheae in Smynthurus which opens by "two spiracles in the head, opposite the insertion of the antennae," i. e., on the back of the head. (Von Olfers says that they open on the prothorax.) Nicolet and Olfers ...
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