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The Mechanics of Human Breathing

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  • Mammalian lungs are located in the thoracic cavity where they are surrounded and protected by the rib cage, intercostal muscles, and bound by the chest wall. The bottom of the lungs is contained by the diaphragm, a skeletal muscle that facilitates breathing. Breathing requires the coordination of the lungs, the chest wall, and most importantly, the diaphragm.

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      • Breathing
        • On this page you can skim down to the section titled, The Mechanics of Human Breathing - then skim the rest of the page
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