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epiglottis

[ep-i-glot-is] /ˌɛp ɪˈglɒt ɪs/
noun, plural epiglottises, epiglottides
[ep-i-glot-i-deez] /ˌɛp ɪˈglɒt ɪˌdiz/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy
1.
a thin, valvelike, cartilaginous structure that covers the glottis during swallowing, preventing the entrance of food and drink into the larynx.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Greek epiglōttís; see epi-, glottis
Related forms
epiglottal, epiglottic, epiglottidean
[ep-i-glo-tid-ee-uh n] /ˌɛp ɪ glɒˈtɪd i ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective
subepiglottal, adjective
subepiglottic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for epiglottic

epiglottis

/ˌɛpɪˈɡlɒtɪs/
noun (pl) -tises, -tides (-tɪˌdiːz)
1.
a thin cartilaginous flap that covers the entrance to the larynx during swallowing, preventing food from entering the trachea
Derived Forms
epiglottal, epiglottic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for epiglottic

epiglottis

n.

1520s, from Late Latin epiglottis, from Greek epiglottis, literally "(that which is) upon the tongue," from epi "on" (see epi-) + glottis, from glotta, variant of glossa "tongue" (see gloss (n.2)). An earlier form was epiglote (c.1400), from Old French epiglotte. Related: Epiglottic.

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epiglottic in Medicine

epiglottis ep·i·glot·tis (ěp'ĭ-glŏt'ĭs)
n. pl. ep·i·glot·tis·es or ep·i·glot·ti·des (-glŏt'ĭ-dēz')
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.


ep'i·glot'tic adj.
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epiglottic in Science
epiglottis
  (ěp'ĭ-glŏt'ĭs)   
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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