alveolus

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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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He kept the doves in a separate area at his home, but exposure to the dander of the birds led to Oliver developing hypersensitivity pneumonitis, an inflammation of the pulmonary alveoli (the air sacks in lungs).
In soil, Coccidioides exists as a filamentous mold with branching septate hyphae that fragment into barrel-shaped spores called arthroconidia, measuring 2-8 microns, and hence they have the capacity to aerosolize and reach pulmonary alveoli.
Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an intracellular pathogen that begins the disease process after a person inhales bacilli into the terminal bronchi and pulmonary alveoli (7).

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