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respiratory failure

res·pi·ra·to·ry fail·ure

/ˈrespərəˌtôrē,riˈspīrə- ˈfālyər/

Noun

The condition when the body can no longer compensate for abnormal oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the bloodstream. As a result, the contraction of the diaphragm and accessory muscles fatigue and slow down.