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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A flap of cartilage that covers the windpipe while swallowing.

Usage examples (36)
  • The epiglottis is the valve which closes over the upper opening of the larynx.
  • This is the epiglottis, which is much like a box lid that swings over the opening between the throat and the voice box.
  • Then a flap of tissue called the epiglottis momentarily covers the air pathway and prevents water or food from entering.
  • The epiglottis is a small leaf shaped membrane situated immediately behind the root of the tongue and covers the larynx during swallowing. for more
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