noun, plural al·ve·o·li [al-vee-uh-lahy] /ælˈvi əˌlaɪ/.
Origin of alveolus
Examples from the Web for alveoli
Its alveoli in one maxilla are closed and those in the opposite maxilla are more open than is normal.The Recent Mammals of Tamaulipas, Mexico|Ticul Alvarez
In young females the width of the braincase is more than the distance between the alveoli of the incisor and first molar.Subspeciation in Pocket Gophers of Kansas, [KU. Vol. 1 No. 11]|Bernardo Villa-R
This is a very different matter from normal inspiration, which does not completely dilate the alveoli.Pedagogical Anthropology|Maria Montessori
The alveoli of all the other teeth are present and in a good state of preservation.On The Affinities of Leptarctus primus of Leidy|J. L. Wortman
Owing to the absence of superior incisors in ruminants, the intermaxillary bone presents no alveoli.Artistic Anatomy of Animals|douard Cuyer
British Dictionary definitions for alveoli
noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
Word Origin for alveolus
Word Origin and History for alveoli
1706, from Latin alveolus "a tray, trough, basin; bed of a small river," diminutive of alvus "belly, stomach, paunch, bowels; hold of a ship," from PIE *aulo- "hole, cavity" (cf. Greek aulos "tube, pipe," Old Church Slavonic uliji, Lithuanian aulys "beehive" (hollow trunk), Armenian yli "pregnant").