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Respiratory acidosis doesn't make sense?

  1. Aug 7, 2010 #1
    Hello everyone,

    C02 + H20 <---> H+ + HCO3-

    Now in respiratory acidosis. You breathe slowly retaining more carbon dioxide. Ok this would shift the reaction to the right but how does it raise the PH. HCO3- also raised the same amount. Thank you :smile:
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 8, 2010 #2
    It doesn't raise the pH. Remember that increasing the pH means that the medium has become more basic.
    pH will go down with increased H+ concentration.
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