Epiglottis

Dr Mark Thurston and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

The epiglottis is a leaf-shaped fibrocartilaginous structure that forms part of the supraglottic larynx and defines the division of the hypopharynx from the larynx. 

Gross anatomy

The epiglottis projects posterosuperiorly from its stem-like base, which is attached to the thyroid cartilage. It is also attached to the base of the tongue (via median glossoepiglottic folds) and is attached to the pharynx (via lateral glossoepiglottic folds). 

Related pathology

Head and neck anatomy
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rID: 26038
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Epiglottis anatomy

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