Definition of alveolar in English:

alveolar

Syllabification: al·ve·o·lar
Pronunciation: /alˈvēələr
 
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adjective

  • 1Of or relating to an alveolus, in particular.
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    • It has been reported that bone loss affects the jaw bones (particularly the alveolar bone).
    • Many investigators believe that the tumor arises from bronchiolar or alveolar epithelium.
    • The respiratory bronchiole branches to form alveolar ducts.
  • 1.1 Anatomy Relating to or denoting the bony ridge that contains the sockets of the upper teeth.
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    • The tooth roots are attached to the surrounding alveolar bone of the tooth socket.
    • They occur almost exclusively along the alveolar ridge of the maxilla in white female newborns.
    • Children with cleft palates often have an alveolar ridge defect.
  • 1.2 Phonetics (Of a consonant) pronounced with the tip of the tongue on or near this ridge (e.g., n, s, t).
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    • Some years ago it was pointed out to me that when I'm trying to be very precise in talking about linguistics, I use dental rather than alveolar articulations for consonants.
    • Hebrew and Arabic use dentalized t, d, th, etc., while English makes the sounds farther back at the alveolar ridge.
    • It must be rigid enough to promote near zero surface tensions during the alveolar compression.
  • 1.3 Anatomy Of or relating to an alveolus or the alveoli of the lung.
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    • To quantify the alveolar injuries, we measured radial alveolar count in lung tissue at each time point.
    • Alveolar number was closely related to total lung volume whereas alveolar size was not.
    • This growth factor is abundantly expressed in many different lung cells, including alveolar macrophages and type II cells.

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  • An alveolar consonant.
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    • Given that both soft and hard alveolars (‘t’ and ‘d') are used in Punjabi, their representation in the new script would constitute the most baffling problem.
    • The bare letters's', 't', 'n', 'l', etc. cannot be assumed to specifically represent alveolars.
    • Both the /s/ and /z/ sounds are alveolars, articulated in the same place in the vocal cavity

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