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What is another name for the windpipe?

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The windpipe is called the trachea. It is a narrow tube that allows air to pass from the nose to the lungs. The trachea is divided into two bronchi, and each trachea is attached to the lungs.

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All air-breathing creatures have a windpipe, or a trachea. The trachea is made up of several incomplete ring-like structures. The trachea is made from cartilage rather than soft tissue.

The food pipe, or the gullet, is located next to the windpipe. The food pipe has a lid-like structure called the epiglottis that prevents food from entering the trachea. It opens only when food is swallowed. This allows air to enter the trachea rather than the gullet. This also ensures that the food enters the gullet rather than the trachea.

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