Epiglottis Definition

ĕpĭ-glŏtĭs
epiglottides, epiglottises
noun
The thin, triangular, lidlike piece of cartilage that folds back over the opening of the windpipe during swallowing, thus preventing food, etc. from entering the lungs.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Epiglottis

Noun

Singular:
epiglottis
Plural:
epiglottides, epiglottises

Origin of Epiglottis

  • Greek epiglōttis epi- epi- glōttis glottis glottis

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • from New Latin, from Greek "epi-" on + "glottis"

    From Wiktionary

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