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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)
Related forms
[glo-tid-ee-uh n, glaw-] /glɒˈtɪd i ən, glɔ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • This latter mode of attack is advocated by Browne and Behnke, who call it the "slide of the glottis."

    The Psychology of Singing David C. Taylor
  • How did this critic know that the singer had pinched her glottis?

    The Psychology of Singing David C. Taylor
  • The head register, likewise, shows the glottis partly closed, and the vibrating ligaments gradually stretched more and more.

    The Voice in Singing Emma Seiler
  • I had no time to reflect upon “compressions of the tongue” or “spasms of the glottis.”

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • By this movement the chink of the glottis is thrown wide open into the shape depicted on pl.

  • There may be œdema of the glottis, especially if ammonia has been taken.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection Alexander Wynter Blyth
  • The audible shock of the glottis cannot be avoided when it is necessary to accentuate a word beginning with an initial vowel.

    The Voice Frank E. Miller
  • Note the U-shaped hyoid bone surrounding the front of the glottis.

  • Any attempt to inspire chlorine in its concentrated state would at once prove fatal by closing the glottis and causing asphyxia.

    Memoranda on Poisons Thomas Hawkes Tanner
  • By this method you open the glottis, and in five seconds the thing is done.

    Health, Happiness, and Longevity Louis Philippe McCarty
British Dictionary definitions for glottis


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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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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