Respiratory Membrane and Gas Exchange
Location and Functions of the Larynx
- Forming the larynx are nine (9) supportive cartilages, several intrinsic and extrinsic muscles, and a mucous membrane lining.
- As a primary function, the larynx provides a carefully guarded air passageway (See the GIF below) between the pharynx and the trachea.
- During the swallowing process, movements of the cartilages close the entrance to the larynx so food and drink cannot enter.
- The larynx also houses the vocal folds and ligaments that produce the voice sounds.
An Overview of the Location and Functions of the Larynx:
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