[ glot-is ]
/ ˈglɒt ɪs /

noun, plural glot·tis·es, glot·ti·des [glot-i-deez] /ˈglɒt ɪˌdiz/. Anatomy.

the opening at the upper part of the larynx, between the vocal cords.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for glottis


/ (ˈɡlɒtɪs) /

noun plural -tises or -tides (-tɪˌdiːz)

the vocal apparatus of the larynx, consisting of the two true vocal cords and the opening between them
Derived Formsglottidean (ɡlɒˈtɪdɪən), adjective

Word Origin for glottis

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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Medicine definitions for glottis


[ glŏtĭs ]

n. pl. glot•tis•es

The vocal apparatus of the larynx, consisting of the true vocal cords and the rima glottidis.
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Science definitions for glottis


[ glŏtĭs ]

Plural glottises glottides (glŏtĭ-dēz′)

The part of the larynx that contains the vocal cords and the space between them.
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