epiglottisnoun [ C ]uk /ˌep.ɪˈɡlɒt.ɪs/ us /ˌep.əˈɡlɑː.t̬ɪs/ specialized
Examples from literature
- Chest, diaphragm, the closed epiglottis, and the raised palate all form a supply chamber for the breath.
- The entrance to it is covered by the epiglottis, over which the food slides.
- The epiglottis is the valve which closes over the upper opening of the larynx.
- The windpipe opens downward from the pharynx, but this communication can be shut off by a little plate or lid of cartilage, the epiglottis.
- This is accomplished through the soft palate and epiglottis, which are operated somewhat as valves.