Respiratory System

How does the epiglottis behave .What would happen it you talk while eating?

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2009-09-01 11:50:46

The short answer is : the epiglottis is a movable flap of tissue

attached behind/under the tongue which blocks the entrance to the

trachea. There is also a sound box called Larynx which sends out

vibrations when we talk and due to this vibrations the flap opens

and sometimes food goes inside and we start coughing. If you talk

while eating, and you happen to be a toddler, your Mum will tell

you off. If you talk while eating, and you are older than that,

people may think you are a bit of a pig.....

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