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Overview of the Respiratory System

Author(s): Center for Educational Outreach, Baylor College of Medicine

Pharynx and Larynx

Air passes through the pharynx to the larynx. From there, it continues through an opening in the vocal cords (called the glottis) and proceeds into the trachea.

In many mammals, the larynx also functions as a voice box. It is important in producing pitch in human voices.