What is the difference between the epiglottis and the uvula?

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    In a nutshell:

    The epiglottis is made of cartilage and is what covers the opening of the trachea to prevent food and other foreign bodies from entering the airway.

    The uvula is found in the back of the mouth (you can see it dangling from the roof of your mouth when you look in the mirror.) It has several functions, including preventing food from entering the nasal cavity, causing the gag reflex, and aids in creating several types of speech sounds.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The uvula is that thing that dangles down from the roof of your mouth, it kinda looks like a punching bag. And your epiglottis is basically a cartillage flap right before your trachea. If you shove your fingers down your throat with out gagging, you can feel it.

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  • 3 years ago

    What Is The Epiglottis

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the difference is that the epiglottis is the tube the food goes down to enter the digestive system. the uvula is just a piece of the mouth that helps with the human voice.

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  • 5 years ago

    HI MY NAME IS PHYLLIS RENEE FOSTER, MY QUESTION CAN A PERSON LIVE, WITH OUT THERE EPIGLOTTIS OR WITH OUT THERE UVULA CAN YOU LIVE WITH OUT THEM BOTH OR YOU NEED THEM TOO LIVE.

    ALSO CAN THEY BOTH SWELL UP IN SIZE OR OVER SIZED? CAN EITHER OF THEM CAUSE SWOLLOING PROBLEMS? CAN YOU PLEASE ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS FOR ME PLEASE!

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