glottis

noun
glot·​tis | \ ˈglä-təs How to pronounce glottis (audio) \
plural glottises or glottides\ ˈglä-​tə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce glottis (audio) \

Definition of glottis

: the elongated space between the vocal cords also : the structures that surround this space — compare epiglottis

Examples of glottis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These big, open passages inside the mouth cavity, namely the glottis and the Eustachian tubes, allow sound to pass through the animal and reach the eardrums from the inside as well as the more traditional external route. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Frog’s Lungs Work Like Noise-Cancelling Headphones," 4 Mar. 2021 But when the glottis is closed, the air can’t move out, so tremendous pressure builds up in the air passages. Howard Lewine, sun-sentinel.com, "A lingering cough should be checked by doctor," 2 Oct. 2019 Finally, the glottis swings open and the air rushes out. Howard Lewine, sun-sentinel.com, "A lingering cough should be checked by doctor," 2 Oct. 2019 Next, the glottis snaps shut, putting a lid over the trachea, or windpipe. Howard Lewine, sun-sentinel.com, "A lingering cough should be checked by doctor," 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of glottis

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glottis

borrowed from Greek glōttid-, glōttís "upper end of the trachea at the root of the tongue," from glôtta, Attic variant of glôssa "tongue" + -id-, -is, noun suffix — more at gloss entry 3

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“Glottis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glottis. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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glottis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of glottis

medical : the opening between the vocal cords in your throat

glottis

noun
glot·​tis | \ ˈglät-əs How to pronounce glottis (audio) \
plural glottises or glottides\ -​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce glottis (audio) \

Medical Definition of glottis

: the space between one of the true vocal cords and the arytenoid cartilage on one side of the larynx and those of the other side also : the structures that surround this space — compare epiglottis

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Nglish: Translation of glottis for Spanish Speakers

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