noun, plural al·ve·o·li [al-vee-uh-lahy] /ælˈvi əˌlaɪ/.
- alveolodental membrane,
Origin of alveolus
Examples from the Web for alveolus
The tooth should be pulled out straight, lest the alveolus be broken.Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times|John Stewart Milne
When in the natural position, these teeth protrude about 33 mm., or a little more than one-third their height, above the alveolus.
A muco-purulent discharge escapes from within the free edge of the gum and alveolus.
Limited portions of the alveolus are frequently broken in the extraction of teeth.
When extracted from the alveolus, the whole tooth is found to be concave internally and convex externally.
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").