what is the structure of the epiglottis?how it functions?

Asked by Gam | 20th Apr, 2015, 07:32: PM

Expert Answer:

Hi Gam Ram,

It is an elastic cartilage covered with a mucous membrane and is shaped like a leaf and guards the entrance of the glottis (the opening between the vocal cords).

Epiglottis acts as a switch between the larynx and the oesophagus to permit air to enter the airway to the lungs and food to pass into the gastrointestinal tract.

Answered by  | 4th May, 2015, 06:03: PM

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