Anatomy, Zoology. of or pertaining to an alveolus or to alveoli.
Phonetics. articulated with the tongue touching or close to the alveolar ridge, as English t, d, n; gingival.
Phonetics. an alveolar sound.

1790–1800; alveol- + -ar1

alveolarly, adverb
interalveolar, adjective
postalveolar, adjective
pseudoalveolar, adjective Unabridged
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alveolar (ælˈvɪələ, ˌælvɪˈəʊlə)
1.  anatomy of, relating to, or resembling an alveolus
2.  denoting the part of the jawbone containing the roots of the teeth
3.  (of a consonant) articulated with the tongue in contact with the projecting part of the jawbone immediately behind the upper teeth
4.  an alveolar consonant, such as the speech sounds written t, d, and s in English

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Word Origin & History

"pertaining to alveoli," 1799, from Mod.L. alveolus "socket of a tooth," dim. of alveus "a channel, a hollow cavity."
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Medical Dictionary

alveolar al·ve·o·lar (āl-vē'ə-lər)
Relating to an alveolus.

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Example sentences
And knowing a voiced dental fricative from a voiceless aspirated alveolar stop is so basic.
The central point of the anterior margin of the upper alveolar arch.
It contains the inferior alveolar vessels and nerve, from which branches are distributed to the teeth.
The alveolar bone is the bone of the jaw which forms the alveolus around teeth.
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