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The Respiratory System
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The Respiratory System

During the course of your life, you’re likely to breathe in and out more than half a billion times. In this essential activity, air enters into the respiratory system, which extracts oxygen and sends it through the body via the bloodstream.

Explore the parts of the respiratory system, learn about their functions, and then take the quiz.

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Buster Baxter: Lung Defender

Buster Baxter: Lung Defender

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Arthur/PBS
How Do the Lungs Work?

How Do the Lungs Work?

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Lungtropolis

Lungtropolis

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American Lung Association
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Mr. Parr
Circulatory & Respiratory Systems

Circulatory & Respiratory Systems

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CrashCourse
Double Escape

Double Escape

Avoid the allergens, eat a healthy diet, and consume the respiratory helpers to keep the red blood cell racing through the maze in pursuit of the oxygen molecules. It’s an old school — and fun — game. More...

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Children's Hospital and Health System
Gas Exchange During Respiration

Gas Exchange During Respiration

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McGraw-Hill
Laura Niklason: Building a Better Lung

Laura Niklason: Building a Better Lung

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Yale University
Lungs: Photo Gallery

Lungs: Photo Gallery

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National Geographic
Lungs: The Breath of Life

Lungs: The Breath of Life

This awesome interactive takes you through all the parts of the lung and their functions. Click the tab to cause — and then cure — an asthma attack. More...

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National Geographic
Respiratory System: Facts, Function and Diseases

Respiratory System: Facts, Function and Diseases

At its most basic function, the respiratory system takes in oxygen and expels carbon dioxide. The system relies on healthy tissue to function properly. Explore the diseases that threaten it. More...

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LiveScience
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Scientist Profile: Cilia Scientist

Rich Superfine is a physicist, but his work advances biology by helping scientists learn how lung cilia function — work that helps improve treatments for Cystic Fibrosis and other diseases. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS

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