What does epiglottis mean?

Definitions for epiglottisˌɛp ɪˈglɒt ɪs; -ˈglɒt ɪˌdiz

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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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Epiglottis

    ep-i-glot′is, n. the cartilage at the root of the tongue that partly closes the aperture of the larynx.—adj. Epiglott′ic. [Gr. epi, upon, glōtta (glōssa), the tongue.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. epiglottis

    A piece of cartilage that covers the glottis when you swallow.

    The epiglottis covers the glottis when you swallow.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of epiglottis in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of epiglottis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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