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The voicebox, or larynx, is tube-shaped and about 5cm (2in) long. It sits at the entrance to the windpipe (trachea).
As we breathe in air through the nose and mouth, it is warmed and moistened, and then passes through the larynx and down the windpipe to the lungs.
The larynx can be seen, or felt, as the normal lump in the front of the neck known as the Adam’s apple. It has three main parts, the:
The parts of the larynx
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