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epiglottis

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noun epi·glot·tis \-ˈglä-təs\

Definition of epiglottis

  1. :  a thin plate of flexible cartilage in front of the glottis that folds back over and protects the glottis during swallowing



Origin and Etymology of epiglottis

New Latin, from Greek epiglōttis, from epi- + glōttis glottis


First Known Use: 15th century

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epiglottis

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noun epi·glot·tis \ˌep-ə-ˈglät-əs\

Medical Definition of epiglottis

  1. :  a thin lamella of yellow elastic cartilage that ordinarily projects upward behind the tongue and just in front of the glottis and that with the arytenoid cartilages serves to cover the glottis during the act of swallowing



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