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epiglottisnoun [C]

uk   /ˌep.ɪˈɡlɒt.ɪs/  us   /-ˈɡlɑː.t̬ɪs/ specialized
a ​smallflatpart at the back of the ​tongue that ​closes when you ​swallow to ​preventfood from ​entering the ​tube that goes to the ​lungs
(Definition of epiglottis from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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epiglottisnoun [C]

 /ˌep·ɪˈɡlɑt̬·əs/
biology a ​flatpart at the back of the ​tongue, which ​closes when you ​swallow to ​stopfood from ​entering the ​tube that ​air goes down
(Definition of epiglottis from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “epiglottis”
in Chinese (Simplified) (舌头后部的)会厌…
in Chinese (Traditional) (舌頭後部的)會厭…
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