The conducting zone of the respiratory system is made up of the nose, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, and terminal bronchioles; their function is to filter, warm, and moisten air and conduct it into the lungs. It consists of a series of interconnecting cavities and tubes both outside and within the lungs. It is composed of the 1st through the 16th division of the respiratory tract.
This is in contrast with the respiratory zone where gas exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide occurs.
- Low resistance pathway for airflow
- Warms and moistens air
- Filters air
- Phonates (vocalize sounds)