Definition of alveolar in English:

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Pronunciation: /alˈvē(ə)lər/


1Relating to an alveolus, in particular.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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).
Example sentences
  • 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 Relating to an alveolus or the alveoli of the lung.
Example sentences
  • 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.


An alveolar consonant.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: al·ve·o·lar

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