alveoli

Pronunciation: (al-VEE-oh-ly)

Tiny air sacs at the end of the bronchioles (tiny branches of air tubes) in the lungs. The alveoli are where the lungs and the bloodstream exchange carbon dioxide and oxygen. Carbon dioxide in the blood passes into the lungs through the alveoli. Oxygen in the lungs passes through the alveoli into the blood.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Anatomy of the respiratory system, showing the trachea and both lungs and their lobes and airways. Lymph nodes and the diaphragm are also shown. Oxygen is inhaled into the lungs and passes through the thin membranes of the alveoli and into the bloodstream (see inset).Anatomía del sistema respiratorio, mostrando la tráquea y ambos pulmones y sus lóbulos y las vías respiratorias. También se muestran los ganglios linfáticos y el diafragma. El oxígeno se inhala a los pulmones y pasa a través de las membranas delgadas de los alvéolos hacia el torrente sanguíneo (ver recuadro). Date last modified: 2010-09-03