protein quotientmedical dictionary

The number obtained by dividing the quantity of globulin of the blood plasma by the quantity of albumin.

Respiratory quotient (R.Q.), the steady state ratio of carbon dioxide produced by tissue metabolism to oxygen consumed in the same metabolism; for the whole body, normally about 0.82 under basal conditions; in the steady state, the respiratory quotient is equal to the respiratory exchange ratio.

Synonyms: respiratory coefficient.

(05 Mar 2000)