Definitions for epiglottisˌɛp ɪˈglɒt ɪs; -ˈglɒt ɪˌdiz

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word epiglottis

Princeton's WordNet

  1. epiglottis(noun)

    a flap of cartilage that covers the windpipe while swallowing


  1. epiglottis(Noun)

    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.

    My epiglottis is full of bees!

  2. Origin: from New Latin, from Greek "epi-" on + "glottis"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Epiglottis(noun)

    a cartilaginous lidlike appendage which closes the glottis while food or drink is passing while food or drink is passing through the pharynx

  2. Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. ; 'epi` upon + , , tongue. See Glottis.]


  1. Epiglottis

    The epiglottis is a flap that is made of elastic cartilage tissue covered with a mucous membrane, attached to the entrance of the larynx. It projects obliquely upwards behind the tongue and the hyoid bone, pointing dorsally. The term, like tonsils, is often incorrectly used to refer to the uvula. There are taste buds on the epiglottis.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Epiglottis

    A thin leaf-shaped cartilage that is covered with LARYNGEAL MUCOSA and situated posterior to the root of the tongue and HYOID BONE. During swallowing, the epiglottis folds back over the larynx inlet thus prevents foods from entering the airway.

Images & Illustrations of epiglottis

Translations for epiglottis

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for epiglottis »


Find a translation for the epiglottis definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these epiglottis definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"epiglottis." STANDS4 LLC, 2015. Web. 1 Dec. 2015. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for epiglottis? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for epiglottis:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.