Epiglottis definition

ĕpĭ-glŏtĭs
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.
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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.
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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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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.
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(anatomy) A cartilaginous organ in the throat of terrestrial vertebrates covering the glottis when swallowing to prevent food and liquid from entering the trachea, and in Homo sapiens also a speech organ.

My epiglottis is full of bees!

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Other Word Forms

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