Clarinet Notes

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Lung volumes (respiratory volumes)

  • Refers to the volume of gas in the lungs at a given time during the respiratory cycle.
  • Lung capacities are derived from a summation of different lung volumes.
  • The average total lung capacity of an adult human male is about 6 litres of air.
  • Volumes vary with depth of respiration, ethnicity, gender, age, body composition and respiratory diseases.
  • Some lung volumes can be measured by Spirometry- Tidal volume, Inspiratory reserve volume, and Expiratory reserve volume.
  • Others cannot: Residual volume, Functional residual capacity, and Total lung capacity

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