One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘The diagnosis is definitively established by visualization of the glottis when the patient is symptomatic.’
- ‘Cough, pronounced coff, is onomatopoeic in origin, from the sound of the closure of the glottis plus the sound of air whizzing or wheezing through the trachea.’
- ‘The extrinsic muscles of the larynx control the degree of tension on the vocal cords, and the intrinsic muscles regulate the glottis.’
- ‘To speak Carrier you have to get in touch with your glottis.’
- ‘Then the blunt wire was introduced inside the trachea when the glottis was open.’
- ‘The Valsava response occurs when air is forced against a closed glottis (the narrowest part of the larynx, through which air passes into and out of the trachea).’
- ‘Interestingly, Valsalva maneuvers against pinched nostrils and closed glottis did, however, produce upward deflection of the eyes.’
- ‘Hiccups in dogs, just as in people, are caused when a spasm of the muscular diaphragm creates a sudden inhalation followed by a closure of the glottis.’
- ‘Now one of the alternative pronunciations of which really does involve ‘an aspirating H sound’, that is, noise generated by turbulent flow of air through the glottis.’
- ‘Pass the deflated cuff along the right side of the blade through the visualized glottis.’
- ‘During the compressive phase, the glottis is closed and the expiratory muscles start to contract.’
- ‘The glottis suddenly closes and stops the inflow of air resulting in the sound of a hiccup.’
- ‘The closed shutter maneuver was performed with the subject's glottis open and the cheeks held firmly with his hands.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In bulbar patients, a nonfunctioning glottis can cause an uncomfortable choking sensation, making mouth pressure measurements difficult.’
Late 16th century: modern Latin, from Greek glōttis, from glōtta, variant of glōssa ‘tongue’.
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