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noun [C usually singular]     /ˈɡlɒt.ɪs/ US  /ˈɡlɑː.t̬ɪs/ (plural glottises or glottides) specialized
the thin opening between the vocal cords at the top of the larynx (= the organ in the throat ), that is closed by the epiglottis when you swallow The mouth and throatThe respiratory system glottal     /ˈɡlɒt.əl/ US  /ˈɡlɑː.t̬əl/ adjective
(Definition of glottis noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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