alveolus

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From Latin alveolus, a diminutive of alveus (a tray, trough, basin), from alvus (the belly, the stomach, bowels, womb, etc.).

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alveolus (plural alveoli)

  1. A small cavity or pit.
  2. (anatomy) an anatomical structure that has the form of a hollow cavity
  3. (anatomy) a small air sac in the lungs, where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged with the blood.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

alveus +‎ -ulus

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Noun[edit]

alveolus m (genitive alveolī); second declension

  1. small hollow or cavity
  2. tray, trough, basin
  3. gaming board

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative alveolus alveolī
genitive alveolī alveolōrum
dative alveolō alveolīs
accusative alveolum alveolōs
ablative alveolō alveolīs
vocative alveole alveolī

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alveolus in D. P. Simpson, Cassell's Latin Dictionary, Wiley Publishing, 1968