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epiglottis

ep·i·glot·tis

epiglottis

 
pronunciation:
e p gla tihs
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part of speech: noun
inflections: epiglottides, epiglottises
definition: a thin, flexible plate of cartilage at the root of the tongue that, by closing over the glottis, prevents food from entering the windpipe during swallowing.
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derivations: epiglottal (adj.), epiglottic (adj.)
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