glottis

noun
glot·tis | \ˈglä-təs \
plural glottises or glottides\ˈglä-tə-ˌdēz \

Definition of glottis 

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

First Known Use of glottis

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glottis

Greek glōttid-, glōttis, from glōtta tongue — more at gloss

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English Language Learners Definition of glottis

medical : the opening between the vocal cords in your throat

glottis

noun
glot·tis | \ˈglät-əs \
plural glottises or glottides\-ə-ˌdēz \

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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