[ ep-i-glot-is ]
/ ˌɛp ɪˈglɒt ɪs /
noun, plural ep·i·glot·tis·es, ep·i·glot·ti·des [ep-i-glot-i-deez]. /ˌɛp ɪˈglɒt ɪˌdiz/. Anatomy.
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;
OTHER WORDS FROM epiglottisep·i·glot·tal, ep·i·glot·tic, ep·i·glot·tid·e·an [ep-i-glo-tid-ee-uhn], /ˌɛp ɪ glɒˈtɪd i ən/, adjectivesub·ep·i·glot·tal, adjectivesub·ep·i·glot·tic, adjective
Words nearby epiglottis
, epiglottic cartilage
, epiglottic fold
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Example sentences from the Web for epiglottis
noun plural -tises or -tides (-tɪˌdiːz)
a thin cartilaginous flap that covers the entrance to the larynx during swallowing, preventing food from entering the trachea
Derived forms of epiglottisepiglottal or epiglottic, adjective
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n. pl. ep•i•glot•tis•es
The thin elastic cartilaginous structure located at the root of the tongue that folds over the glottis to prevent food and liquid from entering the trachea during the act of swallowing.
Other words from epiglottisep′i•glot′tic adj.
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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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