Meaning of epiglottis

ep•i•glot•tis

Pronunciation: (ep"i-glot'is), [key]
— pl. -glot•tis•es, -glot•ti•des
  1. a thin, valvelike, cartilaginous structure that covers the glottis during swallowing, preventing the entrance of food and drink into the larynx. See diag. under
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