Recent Examples of epiglottis from the Web
All that protects us from aspirating is a thin, cartilaginous flap of tissue called the epiglottis.
Hemophilus influenza type B commonly causes deafness, permanent brain damage, epiglottis, severe eye infections and death.
Sometimes the tongue propels saliva backward before the epiglottis has time to cover the airway.
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Origin and Etymology of epiglottis
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
medical Definition of epiglottis
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