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Larynx and Trachea

The larynx is also known as the voice box and it can easily be found in the throat of mammal specimens (fetal pig shown below.)  The larynx contains the vocal cords that are used for making sounds.  In humans the location of the larynx allows for diverse sounds …

Epiglottis

The epiglottis is elastic cartilage that is attached to the entrance of the larynx and prevents food and liquids from entering the airway.  In humans, the larynx is positioned much lower in body, which results in an increased risk of choking.  The position of the voice box also …

Trachea

The trachea is also called the windpipe and it connects the mouth to the lungs.   It is distinguished from the nearby esophagus by the presence of cartilage rings which prevent the airway from collapsing.   At the top of the trachea is the larynx, or the voicebox. …

Quiz: Respiratory System

A:  Mouth | B: Thyroid Gland | C:  Trachea |  D: Primary Bronchi E:  Secondary Bronchi |  AB:  Bronchioles or Tertiary Bronchi AC:  Alveoli  |  AD:  Pleural Cavity |  AE:  Diaphragm BC:  Cardiac Notch |  BD:  Pharynx  |  BE:  Epiglottis CD:  Thyroid Cartilage (Adam’s Apple) |  CE:  Larynx DE:  Superior …

Esophagus

The esophagus is simple to find on diagrams, usually shown as a long tube leading from the mouth to the stomach.   On preserved specimens the esophagus can be challenging to locate.   It is soft tissue that lies next to the trachea (identifiable by the cartilage rings) …