Respiratory Glossary: (S)

Respiratory

Respiratory Glossary

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Sarcoidosis

Expansion of an organ that usually occurs in the chest glands. What leads to this disorder has not yet been discovered.

Sleep apnea

Sleep disorder that arises due to an obstruction in the respiratory tract that might result in making sounds while asleep or in fatigue.

SIDS

Abbreviation for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Surfactant

Called “pulmonary surfactant” when it comes from the pulmonary tissue. It is a fluid which releases interfacial tension.

Smooth muscle

Muscle that a person lacks control over therefore leading to involuntary movements. It fulfills many functions, for instance the narrowing of the arteries or veins.

Spirogram

Graphical storage of the number of times a person inhales and exhales

Syncope

To pass out.

Systemic

When the body is affected completely as opposed to partially, such as the action of providing blood by the arteries throughout the different parts of the body.

Systolic pressure

Greatest amount the arterial pressure increases when the two main heart chambers are being narrowed.

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