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Breathing and the Nervous System

Breathing and the Nervous System

Author: Nathan Lampson
Description:

This lesson will identify how the nervous system plays a role in controlling breathing.

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TERMS TO KNOW
  • Chemoreceptors

    A class of receptors that detect chemical changes within the body (example: pH changes).

  • Carotid Bodies

    Chemoreceptors found within the carotid bodies that are sensitive to changes in blood pH; carotid bodies are in constant communication with the brainstem via the glossopharyngeal nerve.

  • Aortic Bodies

    Chemoreceptors found within the aortic arch that are sensitive to changes in blood pH; aortic bodies are in constant communication with the brainstem via the vagus nerve.