The epiglottic valleculae are paired depressions in the oropharynx located anterior to the epiglottis and posterior to the base of tongue.  They are located between the lateral glossoepiglottic folds and the median glossoepiglottic fold.


Vallecula is Latin for "small valley", a combination of valles (valley) and cula (diminutive suffix).

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

Article information

rID: 66440
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Tag: stub, stub
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Valleculae
  • Epiglottic vallecula

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