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Definition of Respiratory insufficiency

Respiratory insufficiency: The condition in which the lungs cannot take in sufficient oxygen or expell sufficient carbon dioxide to meet the needs of the cells of the body. Also called pulmonary insufficiency.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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