Alveolus (disambiguation)

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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.

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