NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,051 terms related to cancer and medicine.
- pulmonary function
- listen (PUL-muh-NAYR-ee FUNK-shun)
- A term used to describe how well the lungs work in helping a person breathe. During breathing, oxygen is taken into the lungs, where it passes into the blood and travels to the body’s tissues. Carbon dioxide, a waste product made by the body’s tissues, is carried to the lungs, where it is breathed out. There are different tests to measure pulmonary function. Also called lung function.