Category - Airway

A leaf-shaped cartilage that prevents food or other obstructions from entering the upper airway during swallowing is known as the:
  1. Hyoid
  2. Cricoid
  3. Epiglottis
  4. Arytenoid
Answer: C- The epiglottis is critical in prevention of upper airway obstruction. The epiglottis is a flap of cartilage that lies over the trachea while swallowing to prevent aspiration of foreign bodies.
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