chapter  8
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Acid–base physiology

In solution, an acid (HA) will dissociate to an H+ ion and a base (A−), as shown in the following equation:

k k ⇀↽ HA H A1

e proportions of the relative reactions are determined by the dissociation constants k1 and k2. If  k1  is greater than k2, then the reaction moves towards the production of H+ and A−.