epiglottis

noun
epi·​glot·​tis | \ˌe-pə-ˈglä-təs \

Definition of epiglottis 

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

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For doctors like us, this means initiating a conversation about the value that each patient places on eating before evaluating how food passes over the epiglottis. Douglas Jacobs, Washington Post, "Problems swallowing are a big killer, but the treatment can be horrible," 7 Mar. 2018 All that protects us from aspirating is a thin, cartilaginous flap of tissue called the epiglottis. Douglas Jacobs, Washington Post, "Problems swallowing are a big killer, but the treatment can be horrible," 7 Mar. 2018 Hemophilus influenza type B commonly causes deafness, permanent brain damage, epiglottis, severe eye infections and death. Philly.com, "Can I protect my child against meningitis?," 26 July 2017 Sometimes the tongue propels saliva backward before the epiglottis has time to cover the airway. Sara Manning Peskin, M.d., New York Times, "The Symptoms of Dying," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of epiglottis

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for epiglottis

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

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epiglottis

noun
epi·​glot·​tis | \ˌep-ə-ˈglät-əs \

Medical Definition of epiglottis 

: 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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