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Inhalation

When the throat and lungs are opened, atmospheric pressure draws air into the lungs.  The lungs are not capable of "sucking" air. Inhalation is controlled by the diaphragm and the external intercostals. This process is sometimes called inspiration.

 

Click on the parts below to learn about their function in inhalation.

 

Diaphragm External Intercostals Ribs Lungs Trachea