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alveolus

(ălvē`ələs): see lungslungs,
elastic organs used for breathing in vertebrate animals, excluding most fish, which use gills, and a few amphibian species that respire through the skin. The word is sometimes applied to the respiratory apparatus of lower animals.
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alveolus

[al′vē·ə·ləs]
(anatomy)
A tiny air sac of the lung.
A tooth socket.
A sac of a compound gland.

alveolus

1. any small pit, cavity, or saclike dilation, such as a honeycomb cell
2. any of the sockets in which the roots of the teeth are embedded
3. any of the tiny air sacs in the lungs at the end of the bronchioles, through which oxygen is taken into the blood
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See the lab Activity Sheet for potential extensions of the concept to structures of alveoli and nephrons.
Emphysema--the alveoli dilate and the walls dissolve
One possible explanation for this is that the IPAP has ventilated the alveoli still expanded by air and removed the nitrogen, having replaced the alveolar air with oxygen, so the capillaries can now absorb the alveolar gas and completely collapse the alveoli.
You are probably growing new alveoli up until age 8 or maybe even later, and so it may be that having this chronic irritation in the lungs would interfere with that process," said Dr.
When underlying parenchymal disease is present, the alveoli may be weakened; as a consequence, alveolar rupture can be caused by changes in pressure that are less dramatic.
Air still travels through your nose, down the trachea, and finally to the alveoli where oxygen enters your blood and CO2 is sent back into the air .
researchers reported that female mice deprived of estrogen by having their ovaries removed lost 45 percent of their working alveoli, the tiny sacs in the lungs that deliver oxygen to the bloodstream and remove carbon dioxide from it.
Finally, these tiny tubes end in balloon-like air sacs called alveoli (al-VEE-oh-lie).
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Other potential mechanisms include bronchopleural fistula, rupture of dilated alveoli distal to a stenosis, chemotherapy-induced impairment of repair processes, and persistent local infection.
Nascent leaves, the alveoli of Mother Earth's lungs, shimmer like pale emeralds in the bright sun, impatient to begin the process that sustains life.