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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- 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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How to use epiglottis in a sentence
To this last statement the thyroid and cricoid cartilages and the epiglottis are exceptions, being single.Voice Production in Singing and Speaking | Wesley Mills
On examination the mucous membrane round the epiglottis is seen to be enormously swollen.
Chest, diaphragm, the closed epiglottis, and the raised palate all form a supply chamber for the breath.How to Sing | Lilli Lehmann
Removal of a portion of the epiglottis occasionally gives great relief to a patient who is suffering from dysphagia.
Extrinsic localized malignant tumours which are attached to the epiglottis, or to the aryteno-epiglottic fold.
British Dictionary definitions for epiglottis
a thin cartilaginous flap that covers the entrance to the larynx during swallowing, preventing food from entering the trachea
- epiglottal or epiglottic, adjective
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Scientific definitions for epiglottis
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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