noun, plural al·ve·o·li [al-vee-uh-lahy] /ælˈvi əˌlaɪ/.
Origin of alveolus
Related Words for alveolussweetheart, nectar, sweet, dear, darling, flattery, deary, dearie, bronchi, pleura, precious, halvah
Examples from the Web for alveolus
Historical Examples of alveolus
The teeth all are present and entire except that p2 on the right side is missing from its alveolus.American Weasels
E. Raymond Hall
The tooth should be pulled out straight, lest the alveolus be broken.Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times
John Stewart Milne
The margins of the cleft in the lip are also attached to the alveolus by firm reflections of the mucous membrane.
Limited portions of the alveolus are frequently broken in the extraction of teeth.
The inflammation begins close to the alveolus, and may spread back along the palate.
noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
Word Origin for alveolus
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").