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By Jennifer Kenny
1 Air enters your body through the nose or the mouth. This is the beginning of the upper respiratory tract.
2 The next passage for the air going down to your lungs is the pharynx. The upper part of the pharynx is called the nasopharynx. The lower part of the pharynx is called the oropharynx, or throat. What job does your throat have? Well, it works for both the respiratory system and the digestive system. It is a passageway for food and drink.
3 Below the pharynx is the larynx, or voice box. Your larynx has a very valuable use. Air moves across your vocal cords and makes them vibrate quickly to make a noise. The main job of the respiratory system is to get oxygen from the air you breathe into your blood. Its secondary function is to help you make the words, laughs, sobs, screams, and hums to communicate your thoughts and feelings. Your vocal cords are usually separated for normal breathing. To make a sound, though, they move closer together. The vocal cords are usually shorter and floppier for low, deep sounds and longer and tighter for higher-pitched sounds.
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