Word! Epiglottis

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Word! Epiglottis

Epiglottis

(En español: Epiglotis)

Say: eh-pih-glah-tis

The epiglottis is super for swallowing. It's the part of your body that flops down over the windpipe when you swallow to keep food from going into your lungs. Without your epiglottis, you would cough or choke every time you eat.

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