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noun, plural glot·tis·es, glot·ti·des [glot-i-deez] /ˈglɒt ɪˌdiz/. Anatomy.
  1. the opening at the upper part of the larynx, between the vocal cords.
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Origin of glottis

1570–80; < New Latin < Greek (Attic) glōttís, derivative of glôtta tongue (Ionic glôssa; see gloss2)
Related formsglot·tid·e·an [glo-tid-ee-uh n, glaw-] /glɒˈtɪd i ən, glɔ-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for glottis

Historical Examples

  • How did this critic know that the singer had pinched her glottis?

    The Psychology of Singing

    David C. Taylor

  • I had no time to reflect upon “compressions of the tongue” or “spasms of the glottis.”

    The War Trail

    Mayne Reid

  • There may be œdema of the glottis, especially if ammonia has been taken.

  • The rest of the action of the glottis is, however, entirely the same.

  • Note the U-shaped hyoid bone surrounding the front of the glottis.

British Dictionary definitions for glottis


noun plural -tises or -tides (-tɪˌdiːz)
  1. the vocal apparatus of the larynx, consisting of the two true vocal cords and the opening between them
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Derived Formsglottidean (ɡlɒˈtɪdɪən), adjective

Word Origin

C16: from New Latin, from Greek glōttis, from glōtta, Attic form of Ionic glōssa tongue; see gloss ²
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Word Origin and History for glottis


1570s, from Greek glottis "mouth of the windpipe," from glotta, Attic dialect variant of glossa "tongue" (see gloss (n.2)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

glottis in Medicine


n. pl. glot•tis•es
  1. The vocal apparatus of the larynx, consisting of the true vocal cords and the rima glottidis.
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glottis in Science


Plural glottises glottides (glŏtĭ-dēz′)
  1. The part of the larynx that contains the vocal cords and the space between them.
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