epiglottis epiglottis


  • (n) a flap of cartilage that covers the windpipe while swallowing


  1. In eating or drinking the epiglottis, a saddle-shaped piece of cartilage at the root of the tongue, flaps down to cover the larynx and windpipe.
  2. His supine posture compels him to drink and swallow in time with the pump and to manage his epiglottis so that nothing but air is sucked into his lungs.
  3. The valve-like flap at its top, the epiglottis, must close when anything is being swallowed, to keep food or drink from going into the larynx or down the windpipe.


  • Harness Racing: Googoo Gaagaa on the comeback trail

    World record-holder Googoo Gaagaa, who has been on the sidelines since May 11 due to surgery to repair an entrapped epiglottis, returned to the track on Monday morning at Ocean Downs. The Richard Hans trainee qualified in wire-to-wire fashion and tripped the timer in 1:59 2/5.
    on August 13, 2013     Source: Daily Racing Form

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  1. Connections revealed last Friday that Passage Of Time had been troubled by a small throat abscess, and Cecil added: "I was always a bit worried about the abscess in her epiglottis because they can be a nuisance. It's not bothering her, but they can...
    on May 16, 2007 By: Henry Cecil Source: Sportinglife.com

  2. "We had her operated on for an entrapped epiglottis before she ran for me," said Frankel, who was expected to arrive here Friday from Saratoga. "She ran real good that first time. I was going to run her back in the Long Island at Belmont, but...
    on Aug 13, 2004 By: Bobby Frankel Source: ESPN

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