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epiglottis

[ ep-i-glot-is ]
/ 藢蓻p 瑟藞gl蓲t 瑟s /
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noun, plural ep路i路glot路tis路es, ep路i路glot路ti路des [ep-i-glot-i-deez]. /藢蓻p 瑟藞gl蓲t 瑟藢diz/. 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鈥15; <Greek epigl艒tt铆s;see epi-, glottis

OTHER WORDS FROM epiglottis

ep路i路glot路tal, ep路i路glot路tic, ep路i路glot路tid路e路an [ep-i-glo-tid-ee-uhn], /藢蓻p 瑟 gl蓲藞t瑟d i 蓹n/, adjectivesub路ep路i路glot路tal, adjectivesub路ep路i路glot路tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for epiglottis

epiglottis
/ (藢蓻p瑟藞伞l蓲t瑟s) /

noun plural -tises or -tides (-t瑟藢di藧z)
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

epiglottis
[ 臅p鈥材-gl艔t沫s ]

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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