the function of the epiglottis is to close the larynx when you swallow a food or drink.
the function of epiglottis is close when we are swallowing food it close the other side and when we are breathing the other side is close that is why we cant breath when we are swallowing
the function of the epiglottis is to close the trachea so food will go to the food pipe so it will reach to the stomach epiglottis is a leaf like structure we need to close our mouth while we swallow cause if the food will go in our lungs we might die

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2014-07-04T21:01:58+08:00

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My answer is a flap of cartilage at the root of the tongue, which is depressed during swallowing to cover the opening of the windpipe."It is particularly important to understand the relationship of the following structures: the epiglottis , arytenoid cartilage, aryepiglottic folds, and cricoid cartilage.", close the larynx when eating,chewing a food

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The epiglottis is part of the respiratory system I think, it closes when you are swallowing food so that it doesn't go to the lungs
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