- Anatomy, Zoology. of or relating to an alveolus or to alveoli.
- Phonetics. articulated with the tongue touching or close to the alveolar ridge, as English t, d, n; gingival.
- Phonetics. an alveolar sound.
Origin of alveolar
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Examples from the Web for alveolar
For alveolar hmorrhage, and as a stopping for teeth in toothache.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Alveolar prognathism is almost entirely lacking in all groups.A Racial Study of the Fijians
Norman E. Gabel
The teeth and their tubercles and the alveolar process are normal.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)
Of the latter, the lower portion is drawn out, the inner and the alveolar part inward.
Sometimes it proceeds from the gingivo-buccal sulcus of the lower jaw, sometimes from the alveolar border of the gums.
- anatomy of, relating to, or resembling an alveolus
- denoting the part of the jawbone containing the roots of the teeth
- (of a consonant) articulated with the tongue in contact with the projecting part of the jawbone immediately behind the upper teeth
- an alveolar consonant, such as the speech sounds written t, d, and s in English
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Word Origin and History for alveolar
"pertaining to alveoli," 1799, from Modern Latin alveolus "socket of a tooth" (see alveolus).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to an alveolus.
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