epiglottis
noun Etymology: New Latin, from Greek epiglōttis, from epi- + glōttis glottis Date: 15th century a thin plate of flexible cartilage in front of the glottis that folds back over and protects the glottis during swallowing

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  • epiglottis — 1520s, from L.L. epiglottis, from Gk. epiglottis, lit. (that which is) upon the tongue, from epi on (see EPI (Cf. epi )) + glottis, from glotta, variant of glossa tongue (see GLOSS (Cf. gloss) (n.2 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Epiglottis — Die Epiglottis (deutsch: Kehldeckel) ist eine Verschlusseinrichtung am Kehlkopfeingang der Säugetiere. Beim Schluckakt wird der Kehldeckel passiv gegen den Kehlkopfeingang gedrückt und verschließt diesen unvollständig. Der Kehldeckel wird vom… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • epiglottis — [ep΄ə glät′is] n. [ModL < Gr epiglōttis: see EPI & GLOTTIS] the thin, triangular, lidlike piece of cartilage that folds back over the opening of the windpipe during swallowing, thus preventing food, etc. from entering the lungs: see PHARYNX… …   English World dictionary

  • Epiglottis — Ep i*glot tis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?; epi upon + ?, ?, tongue. See {Glottis}.] (Anat.) A cartilaginous lidlike appendage which closes the glottis while food or drink is passing while food or drink is passing through the pharynx. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Epiglottis — (gr., Anat.), Kehldeckel zum Verschluß des Kehlkopfs. Daher Epiglottītis, Kehldeckelentzündung …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Epiglottis — (griech.), Kehldeckel, s. Kehlkopf …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Epiglóttis — (grch.), Kehldeckel zum Verschluß des Kehlkopfs; Epiglottītis, Kehldeckelentzündung …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • epiglottis — ► NOUN ▪ a flap of cartilage at the root of the tongue, which is depressed during swallowing to cover the opening of the windpipe. ORIGIN Greek, from gl tta tongue …   English terms dictionary

  • Epiglottis — Infobox Anatomy Name = Latin = GraySubject = 236 GrayPage = 1095 Caption = Laryngoscopic view of interior of larynx Caption2 = Precursor = 4th and 6th branchial arch [EmbryologyUNC|hednk|025d] System = Artery = Vein = Nerve = Lymph = MeshName =… …   Wikipedia

  • Epiglottis — The flap that covers the trachea during swallowing so that food does not enter the lungs. Not everything in medicine is perfectly logical. The name epiglottis was compounded from "epi " and " glottis" from the Greek… …   Medical dictionary

  • epiglottis — UK [ˌepɪˈɡlɒtɪs] / US [ˌepɪˈɡlɑtɪs] noun [countable] Word forms epiglottis : singular epiglottis plural epiglottises or epiglottides medical the small piece of flesh at the back of your tongue that closes your windpipe when you swallow food …   English dictionary

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