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From Latin alveolus, a diminutive of alveus (“a tray, trough, basin”), from alvus (“the belly, the stomach, bowels, womb, etc.”).
Latin small hollow diminutive of alveus a hollow from alvus belly
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Each tiny alveolus is surrounded by a network of capillaries that joins veins and arteries.
The hollow chamber at the front of the guard is called the alveolus.
The small alveolus will get smaller, the large one will get larger, and so on until the small alveolus collapses completely!
A recent photograph shows the broad, expanded maxillary alveolus and acutely vaulted hard palate.
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