alveolus /ˌalvɪˈəʊləs, alˈvɪələs/

a

I. noun

1.
[chiefly Anatomy] a small cavity, pit, or hollow, in particular:
2.
[chiefly Anatomy] any of the many tiny air sacs of the lungs which allow for rapid gaseous exchange.
3.
[chiefly Anatomy] the bony socket for the root of a tooth.
4.
[chiefly Anatomy] an acinus (sac-like cavity) in a gland.
II. derivatives

alveolate /alvɪˈəʊlət, alˈvɪələt /
adjective


– origin late 17th cent.: from Latin, ‘small cavity’, diminutive of alveus.

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