Human Body

Blood and Circulation

What are the two phases of breathing?

Breathing, or ventilation, is the process of moving air into and out of the lungs. The two phases are: 1) inspiration, or inhalation; and 2) expiration, or exhalation. Inspiration is the movement of air into the lungs, while expiration is the movement of air out of the lungs. The respiratory cycle consists of one inspiration followed by one expiration. The volume of air that enters or leaves during a single respiratory cycle is called the tidal volume. Tidal volume is typically 500 milliliters, meaning that 500 milliliters of air enters during inspiration and the same amount leaves during expiration.


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