Anatomy and Physiology
Quiz 44: Acid-Base Balance
In the Bicarbonate Buffer System, the Weak Base Bicarbonate Is
In the bicarbonate buffer system, the weak base bicarbonate is used to buffer a strong acid such as HCl.
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The chloride shift occurs to correct an electrical imbalance, not an acid-base imbalance.
For the bicarbonate buffer system to function, both the absolute amount and the ratio of the components must remain constant.
To function properly, the bicarbonate buffer system must have 20 times more H₂CO₃ than NaHCO₃.
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