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- adj. Pertaining to the tongue and epiglottis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to both tongue and epiglottis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to the tongue and the epiglottis : applied to folds of mucous membrane which pass from one to the other.
Its Root (radix linguæ base) (Fig. 954) is directed backward, and connected with the hyoid bone by the Hyoglossi and Genioglossi muscles and the hyoglossal membrane; with the epiglottis by three folds (glossoepiglottic) of mucous membrane; with the soft palate by the glossopalatine arches; and with the pharynx by the Constrictores pharyngis superiores and the mucous membrane.
Further down, the base of the tongue, the anterior surface of the epiglottis with the glossoepiglottic and pharyngoepiglottic folds bounding the valleculæ, and the piriform sinuses, are readily distinguished.
The spatula should glide slowly along the posterior third of the tongue until it reaches the glossoepiglottic fossa, while at the same time the tongue is lifted; when this is done the epiglottis will stand out in strong relief.
A portion or the whole of the epiglottis may be easily and quickly removed with these forceps, the laryngoscope introduced along the dorsum of the tongue into the glossoepiglottic recess, bringing the whole epiglottis into view.
_The supraglottic type_ consists in an edematous thickening around the base of the epiglottis, sometimes involving also the glossoepiglottic folds and the ventricular bands.
At the postmortem a mobile mass of food about the size of a hazel-nut was found at the base of the larynx at the glossoepiglottic fossa.