Gas Transfer in Vertebrates
Published Online: 19 APR 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. All rights reserved.
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Truchot, J.-P. 2001. Gas Transfer in Vertebrates. eLS. .
- Published Online: 19 APR 2001
Oxygen supply to, and carbon dioxide removal from, vertebrate respiring tissues take place through a set of serially arranged anatomical compartments, either by molecular diffusion or by mass convection via carrier fluids. Respiratory organs are designed in such a way as to optimize the efficiency of gas transfer according to particular constraints set out by ambient media and/or animal physiology.