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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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Medical definitions for epiglottis

epiglottis
[ 臅p鈥材-gl艔t沫s ]

n. pl. ep鈥鈥lot鈥is鈥s
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 epiglottis

ep鈥瞚鈥lottic adj.
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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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