Definition of Bohr effect in English:

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Bohr effect


A decrease in the amount of oxygen associated with hemoglobin and other respiratory compounds in response to a lowered blood pH resulting from an increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the blood.
Example sentences
  • The Bohr effect cannot explain the excess demand for oxygen by muscle during heavy exercise.
  • This was thought to be caused by the immediate nature of the Bohr effect.
  • This leads to a release of O2 to the peripheral tissues, a phenomenon termed the Bohr effect.


Named for Danish physiologist Christian Bohr (1855–1911).

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