glottis

[glot-is]
noun, plural glottises, glottides [glot-i-deez] . Anatomy.
the opening at the upper part of the larynx, between the vocal cords.

Origin:
1570–80; < Neo-Latin < Greek (Attic) glōttís, derivative of glôtta tongue (Ionic glôssa; see gloss2)

glottidean [glo-tid-ee-uhn, glaw-] , adjective
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glottis (ˈɡlɒtɪs)
 
n , pl -tises, -tides
the vocal apparatus of the larynx, consisting of the two true vocal cords and the opening between them
 
[C16: from New Latin, from Greek glōttis, from glōtta, Attic form of Ionic glōssa tongue; see gloss²]
 
glottidean
 
adj

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glottis
1578, from Gk. glottis "mouth of the windpipe," from glotta, Attic dial. variant of glossa "tongue." Glottal is first recorded 1846.
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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   (glŏt'ĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
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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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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The glottis is closing completely after each opening.
The glottis is the portion of the larynx where the vocal cords are located.
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