noun, plural ep·i·glot·tis·es, ep·i·glot·ti·des [ep-i-glot-i-deez] /ˌɛp ɪˈglɒt ɪˌdiz/. Anatomy.
- epiglottic cartilage,
- epiglottic fold,
Origin of epiglottis
Examples from the Web for epiglottis
The yellow fibro-cartilage forms the expanded part of the ear, the epiglottis, and other parts of the larynx.A Practical Physiology|Albert F. Blaisdell
When the epiglottis is involved there is pain and difficulty in swallowing.
Besides these there is the epiglottis, which from its situation above the glottis acts more or less as a lid.The Brain and the Voice in Speech and Song|F. W. Mott
Then the food passes over the epiglottis, you recollect, down the gullet to the stomach.Mind Amongst the Spindles|Various
To this last statement the thyroid and cricoid cartilages and the epiglottis are exceptions, being single.Voice Production in Singing and Speaking|Wesley Mills
noun plural -tises or -tides (-tɪˌdiːz)
1520s, from Late Latin epiglottis, from Greek epiglottis, literally "(that which is) upon the tongue," from epi "on" (see epi-) + glottis, from glotta, variant of glossa "tongue" (see gloss (n.2)). An earlier form was epiglote (c.1400), from Old French epiglotte. Related: Epiglottic.