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as in:  pulmonary alveoli

Weaponized anthrax is designed to lodge in the alveoli.
  tiny sac-like air spaces in the lung where carbon dioxide and oxygen are exchanged
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alveoli alveolus
Much more rarely, alveoli may refer to other anatomical sacs such as those that hold milk in breasts.
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  • Weaponized anthrax is designed to lodge in the alveoli.
  • But Biosyn modified the rabies virus to cross the pulmonary alveoli; you could get an infection just inhaling it.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • He listened to their chests through his stethoscope, plugging his ear into their lungs as it were, hearing the crackles known as rales—the sounds of alveoli pulling open against fluid—and the prolonged wheezings called rhonchi—the patient’s breath rushing through narrowed airways.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • She watched as the virus entered a human lung and immediately went to work on the cells of the alveoli.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue

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  • The alveoli, which transmit oxygen from the lungs into the blood, were not supplying her bloodstream with adequate amounts of oxygen.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
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Associated words [difficulty]:   alveoli [9] , trachea [7] , thoracic [8] , bronchial tubes [9] , bronchial tubes [9]
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