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"epiglottis"

[ep-i-glot -is]

Definition #1 for "epiglottis"

a flap of cartilage that covers the windpipe while swallowing

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Definition #2 for "epiglottis"

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.

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