Meaning of “epiglottis” in the English Dictionary

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"epiglottis" in British English

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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. 

(Definition of “epiglottis” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"epiglottis" in American English

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epiglottisnoun [ C ]

/ˌep·ɪˈɡlɑt̬·əs/

biology a flat part at the back of the tongue, which closes when you swallow to stop food from entering the tube that air goes down

(Definition of “epiglottis” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)