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epiglottis


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Epiglottis  \Ep`i*glot"tis\,  n.  [NL.,  fr  Gr  ?;  'epi`  upon  +  ?, 
  ?,  tongue.  See  {Glottis}.]  (Anat.) 
  A  cartilaginous  lidlike  appendage  which  closes  the  glottis 
  while  food  or  drink  is  passing  while  food  or  drink  is  passing 
  through  the  pharynx. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  epiglottis 
  n  :  a  flap  of  cartilage  that  covers  the  windpipe  while 
  swallowing 




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