Pathophysiology Study Set 2
Quiz 25: Acid-Base Homeostasis and Imbalances
The Normal Ratio of Bicarbonate to Carbonic Acid in Blood
The normal ratio of bicarbonate to carbonic acid in blood is 20:1.
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and water to bicarbonate and hydrogen ions.
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