epiglottis

Pronunciation: (eh-pih-GLAH-tis)

The flap that covers the trachea during swallowing so that food does not enter the lungs.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Anatomy of the larynx. The three parts of the larynx are the supraglottis (including the epiglottis), the glottis (including the vocal cords), and the subglottis.

Date last modified: 2014-10-28