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Meaning of ALVEOLUS

Pronunciation:  al'veeulus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a bony socket in the alveolar ridge that holds a tooth
  2. [n]  a tiny sac for holding air in the lungs; formed by the terminal dilation of tiny air passageways

ALVEOLUS is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: air cell, air sac, tooth socket
 See Also: alveolar process, alveolar ridge, gum ridge, lung, sac, socket



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Al*ve"o*lus\ ([a^]l*v[=e]"[-o]*l[u^]s), n.; pl.
{Alveoli} (-l[imac]). [L., a small hollow or cavity, dim. of
alveus: cf. F. alv['e]ole. See {Alveary}.]
1. A cell in a honeycomb.

2. (Zo["o]l.) A small cavity in a coral, shell, or fossil

3. (Anat.) A small depression, sac, or vesicle, as the socket
   of a tooth, the air cells of the lungs, the ultimate
   saccules of glands, etc.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: alveolar ridge, alveolation, antrum, apex, armpit, arytenoid cartilages, back, basin, blade, bowl, cavity, concave, concavity, crater, crypt, cup, dent, depression, dimple, dint, dip, dorsum, fold, follicle, funnel chest, furrow, gouge, hard palate, hole, hollow, hollow shell, honeycomb, impress, impression, imprint, indent, indentation, indention, indenture, lacuna, larynx, lips, nasal cavity, notch, oral cavity, palate, pharyngeal cavity, pharynx, pit, pock, pocket, pockmark, print, punch bowl, scoop, shell, sink, sinus, socket, soft palate, speech organ, sunken part, syrinx, teeth, teeth ridge, tip, tongue, trough, velum, vocal chink, vocal cords, vocal folds, vocal processes, voice box, vug