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Dictionary Definition

alveolar adj
1 pertaining to the tiny air sacs of the lungs
2 pertaining to the alveolar ridge; "alveolar consonant" n : a consonant articulated with the tip of the tongue near the gum ridge [syn: alveolar consonant, dental consonant]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • IPA: /æl.ˈvi.ːlɝ/ or /æl.ˈvi.ə.lɝ/
  • Schoolbook Phonetics: (ălvēʹlûr) or (ălvēʹu̇lûr)
  • Last Resort Phonetics: al-VEE-lurr or al-VEE-uh-lurr


  1. Of, or relating to an alveolus
  2. Relating to the jaw ridge containing the tooth sockets
  3. Relating to the alveoli (small air sacs) of the lungs
  4. Formed with the tip of the tongue touching the inner ridge of the gums of the upper front teeth

Derived terms


of or relating to the alvelous
  • Croatian: alveolaran
relating to the jaw ridge
  • Croatian: alveolaran
relating to the alveoli
  • Croatian: alveolaran
formed with the tip of the tongue
  • Croatian: alveolaran
  • Greek: φατνιακός


  1. An alveolar consonant


  • Croatian: alveolar, desnik




  1. an alveolar



Extensive Definition

Alveolus (plural alveoli, adjective alveolar) is a general anatomical term for a concave cavity or pit that may refer to several more specific structures:
  • In linguistics:
    • Alveolar consonant, a linguistic vocalization depending upon touching tongue to alveolar ridge. (Note: There are 16 subtypes of alveolar consonants linked from the target page and not listed separately here.)
    • Alveolar plosive (disambiguation page)
Alveolus is considered by some (but not all) sources to be synonymous with acinus.
alveolar in Danish: Alveole
alveolar in German: Alveole
alveolar in French: Alvéole
alveolar in Lithuanian: Alveolė
alveolar in Hungarian: Alveolus
alveolar in Dutch: Alveolen
alveolar in Portuguese: Alvéolo
alveolar in Russian: Альвеола
alveolar in Slovak: Alveola

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