from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The thin elastic cartilaginous structure located at the root of the tongue that folds over the glottis to prevent food and liquid from entering the trachea during the act of swallowing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A cartilaginous organ in the throat of terrestrial vertebrates covering the glottis when swallowing to prevent food and liquid from entering the trachea, and in Homo sapiens also a speech organ.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A cartilaginous lidlike appendage which closes the glottis while food or drink is passing while food or drink is passing through the pharynx.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A valve-like organ which helps to prevent the entrance of food and drink into the larynx during deglutition.
- n. In Polyzoa, same as epistoma.
- n. In entomology, same as epipharynæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a flap of cartilage that covers the windpipe while swallowing
Greek epiglōttis : epi-, epi- + glōttis, glottis; see glottis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from New Latin, from Greek "epi-" on + "glottis" (Wiktionary)