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n. pl. ep·i·glot·tis·es or ep·i·glot·ti·des (-glŏt′ĭ-dēz′)
The thin elastic cartilaginous structure located at the root of the tongue that folds over the glottis to prevent food and liquid from entering the trachea during the act of swallowing.

[Greek epiglōttis : epi-, epi- + glōttis, glottis; see glottis.]

ep′i·glot′tal (-glŏt′l), ep′i·glot′tic (-glŏt′ĭk) adj.
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The device also has an epiglottic blocker which prevents down folding of the epiglottis and obstruction of the distal opening airway.
Presence of tracheal secretions was the main finding in the endoscopy (16/36) followed by pharyngeal lymphoid hyperplasia (14/36), carina edema (13/36), EIPH (9/36), dorsal displacement of soft palate (3/36), recurrent laryngeal neuropathy (1/36), and epiglottic entrapment (1/36).
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