epiglottis

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from New Latin, from Greek "epi-" on + "glottis"

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epiglottis (plural epiglottises or epiglottides)

  1. (anatomy) 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.
    My epiglottis is full of bees!

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