alveolar alveolar  /æl ˈvi ə lər/


  1. (n) a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue near the gum ridge
  2. (adj) pertaining to the tiny air sacs of the lungs
  3. (adj) pertaining to the sockets of the teeth or that part of the upper jaw


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  1. Result: the English-language patient's tongue hits a foreign object right behind the alveolar ridge and doesn't know what to make of it.
  2. To spread it over the lungs, he just moved his tiny patients about until the alveolar cells that make up the lining of the lung were all coated.
  3. Subjected to sudden stresssuch as a cough or sneezethe alveolar walls rupture; part of the lung becomes useless.


  • Chronic drinking + exposure to particulate matter dramatically decreases lung function

    ( Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research ) Alveolar macrophage (AM) function plays a critical role in protecting the lungs by removing particulates. Chronic drinking causes persistent oxidative stress in the lungs, leading to impaired AM function. A new rodent study shows that chronic drinking appears to intensify lung damage caused by particulate matter.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!

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