Carbon Dioxide Transport in the Blood


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Carbon dioxide is a waste product created during ATP synthesis. As it is being transported from our tissues back to the lungs, some of it is dissolved in plasma, the rest is converted and transported as other substances. Most of the carbon dioxide is converted into which of these substances?

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1. After carbon dioxide diffuses out of the tissues and into the blood, in what part of the blood do the conversions take place that produce bicarbonate and carbaminohemoglobin?

2. Even though carbon dioxide is a cellular waste product, it is converted through a reaction with water to create bicarbonate. The bicarbonate then performs an important role after it diffuses back into the plasma. What is it?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of carbon dioxide transport in the blood. For this quiz and worksheet, you should understand the main way in which carbon dioxide is transported in the blood as well as what happens as blood goes through metabolizing tissues.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to examine your knowledge of:

  • The benefits of carbon dioxide transport
  • What happens in the lungs
  • The product released when hemoglobin is exposed to a high H+ concentration

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on carbon dioxide transport in the blood
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the importance of carbon dioxide transport
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about one of the ways that carbon dioxide is transported in the blood

Additional Learning

You can find out additional information on the importance of moving carbon dioxide in our bodies by reviewing the corresponding lesson called, Carbon Dioxide Transport in the Blood. Some of the objectives for this lesson are:

  • Identify how carbon dioxide helps the human body
  • Describe carbonic anhydrase
  • Verify carbon dioxide transport methods
  • Become familiar with hydrogen ion and its role in the release of oxygen