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[glot-is] /ˈglɒt ɪs/
noun, plural glottises, glottides
[glot-i-deez] /ˈglɒt ɪˌdiz/ (Show IPA).
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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[glo-tid-ee-uh n, glaw-] /glɒˈtɪd i ən, glɔ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -tises, -tides (-tɪˌdiːz)
the vocal apparatus of the larynx, consisting of the two true vocal cords and the opening between them
Derived Forms
glottidean (ɡlɒˈtɪdɪən) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin, from Greek glōttis, from glōtta, Attic form of Ionic glōssa tongue; see gloss²
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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)).

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glottis in Medicine

glottis glot·tis (glŏt'ĭs)
n. pl. glot·tis·es or glot·ti·des (glŏt'ĭ-dēz')
The vocal apparatus of the larynx, consisting of the true vocal cords and the rima glottidis.

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glottis in Science
Plural glottises or glottides (glŏt'ĭ-dēz')
The part of the larynx that contains the vocal cords and the space between them.
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