- the opening at the upper part of the larynx, between the vocal cords.
Origin of glottis
1570–80; < New Latin < Greek (Attic) glōttís, derivative of glôtta tongue (Ionic glôssa; see gloss2)
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Examples from the Web for glottis
How did this critic know that the singer had pinched her glottis?The Psychology of Singing
David C. Taylor
I had no time to reflect upon “compressions of the tongue” or “spasms of the glottis.”The War Trail
There may be œdema of the glottis, especially if ammonia has been taken.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
The rest of the action of the glottis is, however, entirely the same.The Voice in Singing
Note the U-shaped hyoid bone surrounding the front of the glottis.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition
Vernon L. Kellogg
- the vocal apparatus of the larynx, consisting of the two true vocal cords and the opening between them
C16: from New Latin, from Greek glōttis, from glōtta, Attic form of Ionic glōssa tongue; see gloss ²
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Word Origin and History for glottis
1570s, from Greek glottis "mouth of the windpipe," from glotta, Attic dialect variant of glossa "tongue" (see gloss (n.2)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The vocal apparatus of the larynx, consisting of the true vocal cords and the rima glottidis.
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- The part of the larynx that contains the vocal cords and the space between them.
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