Pronunciation: (ep"i-glot'is), [key]
—pl. -glot•tis•es, -glot•ti•desPronunciation: (-glot'i-dēz"). [key] Anat.
a thin, valvelike, cartilaginous structure that covers the glottis during swallowing, preventing the entrance of food and drink into the larynx. See diag. under larynx.
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