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Answered 2016-10-12 11:08:08

The epiglottis is a leaf-shaped, flap-like structure made of elastic cartilage that covers the trachea like a lid. The epiglottis directs food to the stomach (through the esophagus) and air to the lungs (through the trachea).

When you swallow, your epiglottis closes off your larynx leaving the only open passage the esophagus. This is why we cannot breathe and swallow at the same time.

If people do not have good dental hygiene they leave small particles of food which they leave in their mouths. These get mixed with air and can be breathed into the lungs. Many asthmatics swallow using tongue thrust. This too leaves food in the throat. This also causes food to be breathed into the lungs. Thus the epiglottis is not perfect but only works when food is actually sent down in a deliberate swallow.

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Answered 2015-12-14 01:36:52

The epiglottis is the structure that prevents food from entering the trachea. It is made of connective tissue. This video gives you a visual of this mechanism.

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Answered 2015-01-17 05:00:41

The epiglottis prevents food from going down your windpipe, e.g. the main bronchi.

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Answered 2012-07-17 23:53:59

No, the thyroid cartilage forms the "Adam's apple." The epiglottis prevents food from entering the larynx during swallowing.

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Answered 2015-12-14 01:36:52

The epiglottis is the strtcture that prevents food from entering the trachea. It is made of connective tissue.

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Answered 2015-04-20 18:25:57

It is called as epiglottis. Epiglottis covers the trachea during the process of swallowing.

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Answered 2011-05-04 02:59:47

The epiglottis

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Answered 2011-05-03 00:49:16

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