Entry from US English dictionary
Excessive carbon dioxide in the bloodstream, typically caused by inadequate respiration.
- These effects include a mild degree of hypoventilation with consequent hypercapnia, and a diminished responsiveness to respiratory stimuli.
- Baseline ventilation was normal, and the respiratory and cardiovascular responses to hyperoxic hypercapnia were normal in the patients.
- During a relapse, respiratory muscle weakness can precipitate hypoxemia and hypercapnia of rapid onset.
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