The epiglottis is bound by mucous folds and by ligaments to the back of the tongue, to the side wall of the pharynx, to the hyoid bone, and to the thyroid cartilage.
The hyoepiglottic ligament is a short, broad band of loose fibroelastic tissue which connects the anterior face of the epiglottic cartilage to the upper border of the body of the hyoid bone. The thyroepiglottic ligament is strong, elastic and thick, and attaches the lower end of the cartilage to the back of the thyroid cartilage a little below the median notch.
The triangular interval between the lower part of the epiglottis and the median thyrohyoid ligament contains a pad of soft fat, and it is imperfectly closed above by the hyoepiglottic ligament.
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