What are the different parts of the throat?

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Abie H. Mendelsohn, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)
There are two major parts of the throat: the pharynx and the larynx. The pharynx can be thought of as the upper part of the throat, specifically the tonsils. The back part of the tongue comprises the upper part of the pharynx as well. The larynx, or the voice box, comprises the epiglottis, which is a normal flap of tissue that covers and protects the voice box during swallowing. The vocal folds are also a very critical part of the voice box.
 

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