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

Examples of alveolus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But even when a patient is severely ill, some alveoli still function well. Olivia Carville, Bloomberg.com, "Life After Ventilators Can Be Hell for Coronavirus Survivors," 10 May 2020 This could explain how the alveoli fail to oxygenate the blood without the patient noticing the need to gasp for more air. Fox News, "'Silent hypoxia' may be killing COVID-19 patients, but there's hope," 28 Apr. 2020 These millions of alveoli are so soft, so gentle, that a healthy lung has almost no substance. oregonlive, "Lung exercises can help prevent severe coronavirus illness, doctor says -- and JK Rowling claims they worked for her," 7 Apr. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alveolus. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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