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.
/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
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.

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.
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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