- a thin, valvelike, cartilaginous structure that covers the glottis during swallowing, preventing the entrance of food and drink into the larynx.
Origin of epiglottis
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They are more covered by the epiglottis than in the other case—that of a female (Fig. 41).
The epiglottis may, also, naturally so overhang the glottis that a good view of the vocal cords is impossible.
The internal surface of the glottis and epiglottis was in a similar but less marked state as the larynx and trachea.
To the cartilages of the larynx must be further added the Epiglottis, with the little cartilage at the centre of its inner side.The Voice in Singing
- a thin cartilaginous flap that covers the entrance to the larynx during swallowing, preventing food from entering the trachea
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Word Origin and History for epiglottis
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- The thin elastic cartilaginous structure located at the root of the tongue that folds over the glottis to prevent food and liquid from entering the trachea during the act of swallowing.
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- A thin, triangular plate of cartilage at the base of the tongue that covers the glottis during swallowing to keep food from entering the trachea.
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