alveolusnoun [ C ]uk /ˌæl.viˈəʊ.ləs/ us /ælˈviː.ə.ləs/ plural alveoli uk /-laɪ/ us specialized
Examples from literature
- The carbon dioxide, on the other hand, being in excess in the blood, diffuses toward the air in the alveoli.
- The epithelial cells are not arranged on any definite plan, but are closely packed in irregularly shaped alveoli.
- The small pits are alveoli, and the vessels in their walls are chiefly capillaries.
- Their exchanges must in all cases take place through the capillary walls and the layer of cells lining the alveoli.
- Trace the blood from the right ventricle to the alveoli and back again to the left auricle.