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Median glossoepiglottic fold Plica glossoepiglottica mediana

The median glossoepiglottic fold is a fold involving the epiglottis and the tongue. There are two other folds involving the epiglottis, the lateral glossoepiglottic folds, which attach to the lateral walls of the pharynx. The epiglottis consists of a free end, which is broad and round and a long, thin stalk that is connected to the thyroid cartilage. The upper anterior surface of the free end is covered by mucosa and is reflected onto the pharyngeal aspect of the tongue. This reflection is called the median glossoepiglottic fold. On either side of the median glossoepiglottic fold, there is a depression called a vallecula.

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