[ ep-i-glot-is ]

noun,plural ep·i·glot·tis·es, ep·i·glot·ti·des [ep-i-glot-i-deez]. /ˌɛp ɪˈglɒt ɪˌdiz/. Anatomy.
  1. a thin, valvelike, cartilaginous structure that covers the glottis during swallowing, preventing the entrance of food and drink into the larynx.

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Origin of epiglottis

1605–15; <Greek epiglōttís;see epi-, glottis

Other words from epiglottis

  • ep·i·glot·tal, ep·i·glot·tic, ep·i·glot·tid·e·an [ep-i-glo-tid-ee-uhn], /ˌɛp ɪ glɒˈtɪd i ən/, adjective
  • sub·ep·i·glot·tal, adjective
  • sub·ep·i·glot·tic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for epiglottis


/ (ˌɛpɪˈɡlɒtɪs) /

nounplural -tises or -tides (-tɪˌdiːz)
  1. a thin cartilaginous flap that covers the entrance to the larynx during swallowing, preventing food from entering the trachea

Derived forms of epiglottis

  • epiglottal or epiglottic, adjective

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Scientific definitions for epiglottis


[ ĕp′ĭ-glŏtĭs ]

  1. 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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