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alveolar (ælˈvɪələ Pronunciation for alveolar ; ˌælvɪˈəʊlə Pronunciation for alveolar



  1. (anatomy) of, relating to, or resembling an alveolus
  2. denoting the part of the jawbone containing the roots of the teeth
  3. (of a consonant) articulated with the tongue in contact with the projecting part of the jawbone immediately behind the upper teeth


  1. an alveolar consonant, such as the speech sounds written t, d, and s in English

Example Sentences Including 'alveolar'

- Accuracy depends on the sample of breath being deep lung air ( alveolar air).
British Medical Journal (2002)
When we breathe air in, oxygen travels to the alveolar sacs where it is dispersed into the bloodstream.
Martlew, Gillian & Silver, Shelley (ed) The Medicine Chest - your family's guide to prescription drugs


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