alveolus[al vē′ə ləs]
- Anat., Zool. a small cavity or hollow, as a cell of a honeycomb, air cell of a lung, tooth socket, etc.
- the alveolar ridge; teethridge
Origin of alveolusClassical Latin diminutive of alveus, a hollow, cavity ; from alvus, the belly, womb ; from Indo-European base an unverified form au-lo-s from source Classical Greek aulos, flute, Lithuanian aulỹs, beehive
- A small angular cavity or pit, such as a honeycomb cell.
- A tooth socket in the jawbone.
- A tiny, thin-walled, capillary-rich sac in the lungs where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide takes place. Also called air sac.
Origin of alveolusLatin, small hollow, diminutive of alveus, a hollow, from alvus, belly.