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Epiglottis – a flap of skin in the throat 

The epiglottis is a thin flap of cartilage at the back of the mouth that covers the entrance to the larynx during swallowing.

The epiglottis is a small valve that redirects what ever we swallow into the stomach without going into the lungs, but opens when we need to breath

A pea got (epiglottis) into a flap (flap) when he got stuck in the throat.


The function of the epiglottis is to prevent food and drink from falling down the airway. Without the epiglottis we would not be able to swallow without drowning in whatever we are drinking. 

The epiglottis allows food being swallowed to pass into the esophagus and therefore into the digestive system. This function is automatic because of the swallowing reflex.

Diagram showing the position of the epiglottis open and closed


Image shows where the epiglottis is in the throat

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