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The epiglottis is a flap of elastic cartilage tissue covered with a mucus membrane, attached to the root of the tongue. It projects obliquely upwards behind the tongue and the hyoid bone. The term is, like tonsils, often incorrectly used to refer to the uvula.[1]

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Anatomy and function

The epiglottis is one of seventeen cartilaginous structures that make up the larynx (voice box). While breathing, it lies completely within the pharynx. When swallowing it serves as part of the anterior of the larynx.

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References

  1. ^ http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/45548,features,someones-been-careless-with-my-eplglottis

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also epiglottis

German

Noun

Epiglottis m. (plural: Epiglottises)

  1. epiglottis

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