AskDefine | Define exhale

Dictionary Definition



1 expel air; "Exhale when you lift the weight" [syn: expire, breathe out] [ant: inhale]
2 give out (breath or an odor); "The chimney exhales a thick smoke" [syn: give forth, emanate]

User Contributed Dictionary



Intransitive verb

  1. To expel air from the lungs through the nose or mouth by action of the diaphragm.




Transitive verb

  1. To expel (something) from the lungs by action of the diaphragm.



Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Exhalation (or expiration) is the movement of air out of the bronchial tubes, through the airways, to the external environment during breathing.
Exhaled air is rich in carbon dioxide, a waste product of cellular respiration during the production of ATP.
Exhalation has a complementary relationship to inhalation; the cycling between these two efforts define respiration.

External links

exhale in Hebrew: נשיפה
exhale in Dutch: Uitademing
exhale in Polish: Wydech

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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