alveolar Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “alveolar” in the English Dictionary

"alveolar" in British English

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uk   /ˌæl.viˈəʊ.lər/  us   /ælˈviː.ə.lɚ/ specialized

alveolar adjective (LUNGS)

medical relating to the ​alveoli (= ​smallairbags in the ​lungs, with ​thinwalls that ​allowoxygen to ​enter the ​blood)

alveolar adjective (SPEECH)

phonetics (of a ​speechsound) made by putting ​yourtongue against the hard ​place behind ​yourtopfrontteeth: /t/, /z/, and /n/ are alveolar ​sounds in ​English.

alveolar adjective (JAW)

anatomy relating to the ​holes in the ​jaw that ​hold the ​roots of the ​teeth: the alveolar ​ridge
(Definition of alveolar from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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