Artwork of larynx in section through throat

Artwork of larynx in section through throat

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Caption: Larynx. Illustration of the human larynx (voice box) in a vertical section through the throat. The larynx consists of bands of tough, flexible tissue called cartilage (green), forming the tube in the throat that carries air to and from the lungs. It has two functions: to generate the voice and to prevent food from accidentally entering the wind- pipe during swallowing. The top part of the larynx is the epiglottis (blue) a leaf-shaped flap of cartilage that closes the windpipe when food is swallowed. Within the larynx are the vocal cords (pink disc, centre left), two fibrous sheets that vibrate to make sound. Descending from the larynx (pink tube) is the trachea, or windpipe.

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Keywords: anatomy, artwork, epiglottis, healthy, human body, larynx, throat, trachea, vocal cords, voice box, windpipe

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