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What are the major parts of the respiratory system?

The major components of the respiratory system are the bronchi, the larger conducting airways that begin at the end of the trachea and go into the lung; the bronchioles, the more narrow airways that branch from the bronchi; and alveoli, tiny air sacs located at the end of the bronchioles where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide takes place -- the respiratory zone. Blood carries oxygen from the respiratory zone to cells and returns carbon dioxide to the respiratory zone for disposal via exhalation.

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