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Pronunciation: ep'i-glot-i'tis

Definition: Inflammation of the epiglottis, which may cause respiratory obstruction, especially in children; frequently due to infection by Haemophilus influenzae type b.

See: supraglottitis

Synonym(s): epiglottiditis

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