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Why is it important that the trachea is reinforced with cartilage

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Why is it important that the trachea is reinforced with cartilage rings?

the anatomical "reason" why most men have deeper voices than boys or women.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
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Expert:  JamesStone replied 6 years ago.
The trachea is reinforced with cartilage rings in order to keep the airway open. These rings reinforce the anterior and lateral sides, but are actually "C" shaped as opposed to complete rings which allows the trachea to constrict somewhat when swallowing food.

As regards XXXXX XXXXX anatomical reason why most men have deeper voices than boys or women, it relates largely to the size of the larynx. Located in the throat at the top of the trachea, it is essentially like a box across which your vocal chords are stretched. During puberty the larynx grows, and the vocal chords also grow and thicken. This growth actually causes the larynx to tilt at an angle which is commonly known as the adam's apple. Much like an upright bass, the thicker "strings" in conjunction with a larger, more resonating "box" makes for a deeper sound.
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