protective laryngeal reflex

[ prə-tĕktĭv ]

n.

Closure of the glottis to prevent entry of foreign substances into the respiratory tract.

Nearby words

  1. protectionist,
  2. protective,
  3. protective colloid,
  4. protective coloration,
  5. protective custody,
  6. protective slope,
  7. protective system,
  8. protective tariff,
  9. protectively,
  10. protector


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