- Anatomy. a muscular and cartilaginous structure lined with mucous membrane at the upper part of the trachea in humans, in which the vocal cords are located.
- a similar vocal organ in other mammals.
- a corresponding structure in certain lower animals.
Origin of larynx
Examples from the Web for larynx
So the most direct route from the brain to the larynx was now not south of that artery.Rediscovering Richard Dawkins: An Interview
September 23, 2013
The bullet tore through my voice box and larynx before lodging itself in my trapezius.15 Rounds and Still Talking: Lt. Brian Murphy’s Story of the Oak Creek Massacre
Simran Jeet Singh
August 5, 2013
Showing diplomatic grace after the incident, she joked: “I broke my elbow, not my larynx.”Power Tripping: King Juan Carlos I & More (Photos)
The Daily Beast
August 5, 2012
Yet this wonderful appliance had neither tongue nor teeth, larynx nor pharynx.Heroes of the Telegraph
The larynx, in the production of sound, may be compared to an organ-pipe.
The organ by which the singing-voice is produced is the larynx.
This is caused by ulcers on the posterior wall of the larynx.
Thus the opening from the larynx into the pharynx is closed.The Psychology of Singing</p>
David C. Taylor
- a cartilaginous and muscular hollow organ forming part of the air passage to the lungs: in higher vertebrates it contains the vocal cords
Word Origin and History for larynx
1570s, from Middle French larynx (16c.), from Modern Latin, from Greek larynx (genitive laryngos) "the upper windpipe," probably from laimos "throat," influenced by pharynx "throat, windpipe."
- The part of the respiratory tract between the pharynx and the trachea, having walls of cartilage and muscle and containing the vocal cords enveloped in folds of mucous membrane.
- The upper part of the trachea in most vertebrate animals, containing the vocal cords. The walls of the larynx are made of cartilage. Sound is produced by air passing through the larynx on the way to the lungs, causing the walls of the larynx to vibrate. The pitch of the sound that is produced can be altered by the pull of muscles, which changes the tension of the vocal cords. Also called voice box