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noun (English plural epiglottises; classical plural epiglottides)
  1. (anatomy) A cartilaginous organ in the throat of terrestrial vertebrates covering the glottis when swallowing to prevent food and liquid from entering the trachea, and in Homo sapiens also a speech organ.
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Translations: 
  • French: épiglotte
  • German: Epiglottis
  • Spanish: epiglotis
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Etymology: from New Latin, from Greek "epi-" on + "glottis"


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