aero-, aer-, aeri-

(Greek: air, mist, wind)

aerate (verb), aerates; aerated; aerating
1. To expose a substance to air or another gas; such as, the passing of air through a liquid substance, or the process of air entering the soil.
2. To expose to the action or effect of air or to cause air to circulate through.
3. To change or treat with air or a gas; especially, with carbon dioxide.
aerated (adjective), more aerated, most aerated
Related to a supply of air; especially, by bubbling air through a solution.
aeration (s) (noun), aerations (pl)
1. The process of exposing to air.
2. The charging of a liquid with air or other gas, as the oxygenation of blood in the bronchial alveoli.
3. The act of charging a liquid with a gas making it effervescent.
aerator (s) (noun), aerators (pl)
1. A device used to circulate air in a substance or medium; such as, to expose it to air or another gas.
2. Specifically, a device installed in a faucet or showerhead to add air to the water flow; thus, maintaining an effective spray while reducing overall water consumption.
aerenchyma (noun), (no plural form)
A spongy tissue with large air spaces found between the cells of the stems and leaves of aquatic plants: Aerenchyma forms spaces or air channels in the leaves, stems and roots of some plants, which allows an exchange of gases between the shoots and the roots.
aerial (adjective), more aerial, most aerial
1. A reference to something that involves aircraft.
2. Relating to living, happening, or moving in the air.
3. Consisting of, typical of, or relating to the air.
4. Like the air in being light and insubstantial.
aerial root (s) (noun), aerial roots (pl)
A root that develops from a location or a plant above the surface of the earth or water, as from a stem: Some orchids, for example, have aerial roots that grow from their stems and absorb water directly from the air; and mangrove trees are noted for having aerial roots, too.
aerialist (s) (noun), aerialists (pl)
An acrobat or someone who skillfully performs gymnastic feats or other actions that involve agility and balance on a trapeze or a tightrope: Ted was the youngest of a family of famed aerialists who have successfully performed together for years.
Someone who performs on a trapeze high above the ground level.
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aeriferous
Air-conveying; such as, with the respiratory passages.
aerification
Exposure to or filling with air; aeration.
aerify (verb), aerifies; aerified; aerifying
1. To convert into vapor.
2. To mix with air.
aeroacoustics (s) (noun) (a plural used as a singular)
The study of sound transmission through the air; especially, in terms of the effects of environmental noise from machines, vehicles, aircraft, etc.: "The planning of a new airport near the city involved a comprehensive aeroacoustics to determine the impact of the sounds of the aircraft on living conditions for people who are living in the area."
aeroallergen
Any airborne substance that will cause the symptoms of an allergy; such as, pollens, dust, smoke, fungi, or perfumes.
aeroasthenia, aerasthenia, aeroneurosis, aviators' neurasthenia, air neurosis, aviators' stomach
1. A neurosis seen in aviators, consisting of anxiety, restlessness, and variable physical complaints that appear while flying.
2. A nervous disorder of airplane pilots caused by the tension of excessive flying, characterized by abdominal pains, digestive disturbances, etc.
aeroatelectasis
1. A partial, reversible, airless state of lung tissue most likely to occur in pilots exposed to high G forces, breathing 100% oxygen, and wearing an anti-G suit.
2. An abnormal distension and, usually, lengthening of an artery.

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Cross references of word groups that are related, directly or indirectly, to: "air, wind": aello-; aeolo-; anemo-; atmo-; austro-; flat-, flatu-; phys-; pneo-, -pnea; pneumato-; turb-; vent-; zephyro-.