For those that arenâ€™t sure what an epiglottis is, weâ€™ll fist explain it to those before establishing its location.
Itâ€™s a â€śflapâ€ť that acts like a guard for the opening by the vocal section. It protects the glottis entrance. Itâ€™s elastic and consists of cartilage which is layered with a mucous membrane.
The epiglottis from side view
The epiglottis is connected to the larynx. The larynx is often called the â€śVoice boxâ€ť.
Top view of the epiglottis
People sometimes call the â€śpalatine uvulaâ€ť the epiglottis which is incorrect. The epiglottis is not the uvula. The uvula is that â€ślittle tongueâ€ť that dangles at the back of your throat and you can see it in the mirror when you open your mouth.
One interesting fact about the Human epiglottis is that it has superficial (surface) taste buds. Some researchers have proposed that one of the purposes for these taste buds is to protect the airway by means of reflex initiation.