alveolar Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “alveolar” in the English Dictionary

"alveolar" in British English

See all translations


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)
What is the pronunciation of alveolar?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

new wave

people who are doing activities in a new and different way

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

awesomesauce noun
awesomesauce noun
February 01, 2016
slang the state of being extremely good or enjoyable or something or someone that is extremely good or enjoyable Recovering from the awesomesauce of another fab #Vidcon!!

Read More