glottis glottis  /ɡ ˈlɑ təs/

Definition(s):

  • (n) the vocal apparatus of the larynx; the true vocal folds and the space between them where the voice tone is generated

Usage(s):

  1. Hiccough is produced by spasms of the diaphragm and simultaneous closing of the vocal apparatus, the glottis, in the larynx.
  2. One two-year-old boy who had been playing with a balloon was found unconscious; hospital personnel who managed to restore his breathing found the balloon in his glottis.
  3. The air strikes against the partially closed glottis to cause the characteristic ripping cough.

News

  • Beatboxing May Be Safer Than Singing

    Because the glottis between the vocal cords stays open more than in normal singing, the practice may be safer than traditional vocalizing and could even be a good warm-up for singers. Wayt Gibbs reports
    on January 2, 2014     Source: Scientific American via Yahoo! News

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