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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.
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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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Presurgical nasoalveolar orthopedic molding in primary correction of the nose, lip, and alveolus of infants born with unilateral and bilateral clefts.
The study found that the most common site of oral cancer is buccal mucosa and gingivobuccal complex (43.8%) followed by mandibular alveolus (32.1%).
By doing so, airflow and particle dynamics in a control case with rhythmic wall motions were examined; the resulting particle deposition was characterized both temporally (dynamic deposition growth) and spatially (in each alveolus).
Based on this clinical presentation, a diagnosis of lateral proboscis with cleft of the left upper lip, alveolus, and palate was made, and the patient was subsequently prepared for surgery.
collacone[R] max is an innovative, biomimetic composite cone designed for socket preservation, which supports the osseous regeneration of the alveolus and prevents soft tissue collapse.
The sites of involvement in the oral cavity were oral tongue in five patients, alveolus in two, gingivobuccal sulcus in one, and hard palate in one.
The number of lamellar body in alveolar space and alveolus type II cell endochylema reduced, with some demonstrating vacuolization (Figure 1(c)).
A 19 year-old girl was reported in a dental clinic for the unpleasing smile (Figure-1A)because of her unilateral cleft lip and alveolus of left side of maxilla in which surgical correction done 12 years back.
The answer lies in examples such as the relationships between villus structure and nutrient absorption in the small intestine (Figure 1), nephron structure and water retention in the kidneys (Figure 2), alveolus structure and gas exchange in the lungs (Figure 3), root-hair structure and nutrient absorption in plants, leaf ventation and nutrient transport (Figure 4), and any other function in which surface area is key to life support.