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[glot-is] /ˈglɒt ɪs/
noun, plural glottises, glottides
[glot-i-deez] /ˈglɒt ɪˌdiz/ (Show IPA).
the opening at the upper part of the larynx, between the vocal cords.
1570-80; < New Latin < Greek (Attic) glōttís, derivative of glôtta tongue (Ionic glôssa; see gloss2)
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[glo-tid-ee-uh n, glaw-] /glɒˈtɪd i ən, glɔ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for glottis
  • The glottis is closing completely after each opening.
  • The glottis is the portion of the larynx where the vocal cords are located.
British Dictionary definitions for glottis


noun (pl) -tises, -tides (-tɪˌdiːz)
the vocal apparatus of the larynx, consisting of the two true vocal cords and the opening between them
Derived Forms
glottidean (ɡlɒˈtɪdɪən) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin, from Greek glōttis, from glōtta, Attic form of Ionic glōssa tongue; see gloss²
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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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glottis in Medicine

glottis glot·tis (glŏt'ĭs)
n. pl. glot·tis·es or glot·ti·des (glŏt'ĭ-dēz')
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 or glottides (glŏt'ĭ-dēz')
The part of the larynx that contains the vocal cords and the space between them.
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Encyclopedia Article for glottis

either the space between the vocal fold and arytenoid cartilage of one side of the larynx and those of the other side, or the structures that surround that space. See larynx.

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