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glottis Line breaks: glot|tis
Pronunciation: /ˈɡlɒtɪs/

Definition of glottis in English:


The part of the larynx consisting of the vocal cords and the slit-like opening between them. It affects voice modulation through expansion or contraction.
Example sentences
  • The extrinsic muscles of the larynx control the degree of tension on the vocal cords, and the intrinsic muscles regulate the glottis.
  • It is possible that the ‘breath holding’ episodes the child exhibited previously were in fact intermittent and momentary obstruction of the glottis by the tonsil.
  • During the compressive phase, the glottis is closed and the expiratory muscles start to contract.


Example sentences
  • Expiration is a passive recoil of lung and chest tissues and in the presence of glottic obstruction a dangerous cycle arises.
  • A syndrome of airway swelling in the glottic and subglottic area of viral origin.
  • If so, consider a posterior polyp that flops in and out of the glottic opening as the patient changes position.


Late 16th century: modern Latin, from Greek glōttis, from glōtta, variant of glōssa 'tongue'.

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