alveolar

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

Definition of alveolar 

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

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Other Words from alveolar

alveolarly adverb

Examples of alveolar in a Sentence

The word “two” begins with an alveolar sound.

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Garrett of Van Meter, a city of about a thousand people 20 miles west of Des Moines, was first diagnosed with alveolar fusion negative rhabdomyosarcoma in September. Makayla Tendall, ajc, "'See ya later, suckas!': Family writes unique obituary for 5-year-old cancer victim," 13 July 2018 That led to their introduction in 1965 of a concept, called the minimum alveolar concentration, or MAC, that quickly became the standard measure of potency for anesthetic gases. Denise Grady, New York Times, "Dr. Edmond Eger II, 86, Dies; Found Way to Make Anesthesia Safer," 20 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of alveolar

1750, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of alveolar was in 1750

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alveolar

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of alveolar

: 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

alveolar

adjective
al·​ve·​o·​lar | \al-ˈvē-ə-lər \

Medical Definition of alveolar 

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

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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