alveolus

noun
al·​ve·​o·​lus | \ al-ˈvē-ə-ləs How to pronounce alveolus (audio) \
plural alveoli\ al-​ˈvē-​ə-​ˌlī How to pronounce alveoli (audio) , -​(ˌ)lē \

Definition of alveolus

1 : a small cavity or pit: such as
a : a socket in the jaw for a tooth
b : a small air-containing compartment of the lungs in which the bronchioles terminate and from which respiratory gases are exchanged with the pulmonary capillaries
c : an acinus of a compound gland
d : a cell of a honeycomb

First Known Use of alveolus

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alveolus

New Latin, from Latin, diminutive of alveus cavity, hollow, from alvus belly, beehive; akin to Lithuanian aulys beehive, Greek aulos tube, flute

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alveolus

noun
al·​ve·​o·​lus | \ al-ˈvē-ə-ləs How to pronounce alveolus (audio) \
plural alveoli\ -​ˌlī How to pronounce alveoli (audio) , -​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce alveoli (audio) \

Medical Definition of alveolus

: a small cavity or pit: as
a : a socket in the jaw for a tooth
b : any of the small thin-walled air-containing compartments of the lung that are typically arranged in saclike clusters into which an alveolar duct terminates and from which respiratory gases are exchanged with the pulmonary capillaries
c : an acinus of a compound gland
d : any of the pits in the wall of the stomach into which the glands open

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