glot·​tal | \ ˈglä-tᵊl How to pronounce glottal (audio) \

Definition of glottal

: of, relating to, or produced in or by the glottis glottal constriction

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King’s shudders and vibratos, half-shouts and glottal stops have become a synecdoche for the ongoing struggle for American freedom. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "The Case for Black English," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of glottal

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of glottal was circa 1846

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glot·​tal | \ ˈglät-ᵊl How to pronounce glottal (audio) \
variants: also glottic \ -​ik How to pronounce glottic (audio) \

Medical Definition of glottal

: of, relating to, or produced in or by the glottis glottal constriction

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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