What are alveolus?

  • (noun): A bony socket in the alveolar ridge that holds a tooth.
    Synonyms: tooth socket
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Some articles on alveolus:

Dental Alveolus
... Dental alveolus (plural, alveoli) are sockets in the jaws in which the roots of teeth are held in the alveolar process of maxilla with the periodontal ligament ... A joint that connects the roots of the teeth and the alveolus is called gomphosis (plural gomphoses) ...
Pulmonary Compliance - Clinical Significance
... The internal surface of the alveolus is covered with a thin coat of fluid ... a high surface tension, and provides a force that could collapse the alveolus ... breaks up the surface tension of water, making it less likely that the alveolus can collapse inward ...
Fink Effect
... pO2 (partial pressure of oxygen) within the alveolus ... in the concentration of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the alveolus, causing an increase in their respective partial pressures ... quantities of this gas cross from the blood into the alveolus (down its concentration gradient) and so for a short period of time, the O2 and CO2 in the alveolus ...

More definitions of "alveolus":

  • (noun): A tiny sac for holding air in the lungs; formed by the terminal dilation of tiny air passageways.
    Synonyms: air sac, air cell