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al vee uh ler

  • n  a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue near the gum ridge
  • a  pertaining to the tiny air sacs of the lungs
  • a  pertaining to the sockets of the teeth or that part of the upper jaw
    alveolar processes

  • 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.
  • Called pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (because protein-like particles are deposited in the lungs' alveoli, or air sacs), it has been found in 27 patients, all but one in the last .
  • 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.
News & Articles

  • 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.
    June 13, 2013 - EurekAlert!

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