alveolar

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adjective al·ve·o·lar \al-ˈvē-(ə-)lər\

Definition of alveolar

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, resembling, or having alveoli; especially :  of, relating to, or constituting the part of the jaws where the teeth arise, the air-containing compartments of the lungs, or glands with secretory cells about a central space

  2. 2 :  articulated with the tip of the tongue touching or near the teethridge

alveolarly

adverb

Examples of alveolar in a Sentence

  1. The word two begins with an alveolar sound.

1750

First Known Use of alveolar

1750


ALVEOLAR Defined for English Language Learners

alveolar

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adjective al·ve·o·lar \al-ˈvē-(ə-)lər\

Definition of alveolar for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to a speech sound that is made with the tip of the tongue touching the roof of the mouth near the front teeth


Medical Dictionary

alveolar

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adjective al·ve·o·lar \al-ˈvē-ə-lər\

Medical Definition of alveolar

  1. 1:  of, relating to, resembling, or having alveoli

  2. 2:  of, relating to, or constituting the part of the jaws where the teeth arise, the air-containing cells of the lungs, or glands with secretory cells about a central space


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