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Human Anatomy

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>Most vertebrate animals have two lungs.>People who have a large lung capacity can send oxygen around their body faster. >An average person breaths around 11,000 litres of air every day.


The lungs' main function is to help oxygen from the air we breathe enter red blood cells. Red blood cells then carry oxygen around the body to be used in the cells found in our organs and tissues. The lungs also help the body to get rid of carbon dioxide when we breathe out.

The lungs are a pair of spongy, air-filled organs located on either side of the chest. They are about the size of a football and weigh 2 - 3 pounds.

Functions with other systems:

Can a person live without lungs?

Organ system:

The lungs are the main organs of the respiratory system, which works to make you breath.

>Works with the circulatory system because after oxygen passes through the airways and lungs it enters the blood vessels, and is carried to the heart. >Works with the muscular system because the lungs are constantly working to distribute oxygen throughout the body, which is made possible by the muscles that surround the lungs and provide support. These muscles allow for the expansion and relaxation of the lungs, which brings oxygen in and out.>Works with the nervous system because the nervous system regulates the rate of gas exchange in the lungs and monitors the amount of gases present in the lungs and the surrounding blood vessels.

Diseases and disorders:

>Asthma>Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (COPD)>Lung cancer>Pneumonia

No. A person can not live without lungs because the lungs are the main organs that help you to breath in oxygen, and if you could not breath in oxygen, you can not live. Although, it is possible to live with 1 lung, a person with one lung would not be able to exercise as vigorously as a person with two lungs.


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