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ep·i·glot·tis

 (ĕp′ĭ-glŏt′ĭs)
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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epiglottis

(ˌɛpɪˈɡlɒtɪs)
n, pl -tises or -tides (-tɪˌdiːz)
(Anatomy) a thin cartilaginous flap that covers the entrance to the larynx during swallowing, preventing food from entering the trachea
ˌepiˈglottal, ˌepiˈglottic adj
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ep•i•glot•tis

(ˌɛp ɪˈglɒt ɪs)

n., pl. -glot•tis•es, -glot•ti•des (-ˈglɒt ɪˌdiz)
a flap of cartilage behind the tongue that helps close the opening to the windpipe during swallowing.
[1605–15; < Greek epiglōttís; see epi-, glottis]
ep`i•glot′tal, adj.
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ep·i·glot·tis

(ĕp′ĭ-glŏt′ĭs)
A thin, triangular plate of cartilage at the base of the tongue that covers the glottis during swallowing to keep food from entering the trachea.
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epiglottis

A cartilage flap behind the tongue that is closed during swallowing to stop food entering the larynx.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.epiglottis - a flap of cartilage that covers the windpipe while swallowingepiglottis - a flap of cartilage that covers the windpipe while swallowing
gustatory organ, taste bud, tastebud - an oval sensory end organ on the surface of the tongue
cartilaginous structure - body structure given shape by cartilage
trachea, windpipe - membranous tube with cartilaginous rings that conveys inhaled air from the larynx to the bronchi
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Translations

epiglottis

[ˌepɪˈglɒtɪs] N (epiglottises or epiglottides (pl)) [ˌepɪˈglɒtɪˌdiːz]epiglotis f inv
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epiglottis

nKehldeckel m, → Epiglottis f (spec)
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epiglottis

[ˌɛpɪˈglɒtɪs] nepiglottide f
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ep·i·glot·tis

n. epiglotis, cartílago que cubre la laringe e impide la entrada de alimentos en la misma durante la deglución.
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epiglottis

n epiglotis f
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References in periodicals archive ?
A little amount of Mesenchymal condensation of epiglottic cartilage is observed in the epiglottic region at the top of the T shape ventricular cavity at 112 mm C.R.L (fig-2) There is no observance of the accordion effect which means that the hyoid, thyroid and the cricoids cartilage are in the close vicinity and may be overlapping one another.
The condensation of the epiglottic cartilages shows progressive enlargement which is more in the centre as compared to the tapering ends.
The epiglottic cartilages are better developed and more mature then the previous group.