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epiglottis(ĕp'əglŏt`ĭs): see larynxlarynx
, organ of voice in mammals. Commonly known as the voice box, the larynx is a tubular chamber about 2 in. (5 cm) high, consisting of walls of cartilage bound by ligaments and membranes, and moved by muscles. The human larynx extends from the trachea, or windpipe.
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A flap of elastic cartilage covered by mucous membrane that protects the glottis during swallowing.
a thin cartilaginous flap that covers the entrance to the larynx during swallowing, preventing food from entering the trachea