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[ar-i-tee-noid, uh-rit-n-oid]Anatomy
  1. pertaining to either of two small cartilages on top of the cricoid cartilage at the upper, back part of the larynx.
  2. pertaining to the muscles connected with these cartilages.
  3. pertaining to the glands in the aryepiglottic fold of the larynx.
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  1. an arytenoid cartilage, muscle, or gland.
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Origin of arytenoid

1685–95; < Greek arytainoeidḗs literally, ladle-shaped, equivalent to arýtain(a) ladle, pitcher, funnel + -oeidēs -oid
Related formsar·y·te·noi·dal [ar-i-tn-oid-l] /ˌær ɪ tnˈɔɪd l/, adjectivein·ter·ar·y·te·noid, adjectivepost·ar·y·te·noid, adjectivesub·ar·y·te·noid, adjectivesub·ar·y·te·noi·dal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for arytenoid

Historical Examples

  • With some effort the above-mentioned action of the arytenoid cartilages may be continued several tones higher.

    The Voice in Singing

    Emma Seiler

  • In the second series the glottis appears, by the inaction of the arytenoid cartilages, to be shortened.

  • From its side at the back part project two rounded surfaces, which give attachment to the arytenoid cartilages.

  • The arytenoid cartilages are two small but very mobile bodies in the form of three-cornered pyramids.

  • The cartilages of the ear and the arytenoid cartilages are sometimes the seat of gouty deposits.

British Dictionary definitions for arytenoid



adjective Also: arytenoidal
  1. denoting either of two small cartilages of the larynx that are attached to the vocal cords
  2. denoting any of three small muscles of the larynx that narrow the space between the vocal cords
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  1. an arytenoid cartilage or muscle
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin arytaenoīdes, from Greek arutainoeidēs shaped like a ladle, from arutaina ladle
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arytenoid in Medicine


(ăr′ĭ-tēnoid′, ə-rĭtn-oid′)
  1. Either of two small pitcher-shaped cartilages at the back of the larynx to which the vocal cords are attached.
  2. A muscle that is connected to either of these cartilages.
  3. Any of several small mucous glands located in front of these cartilages.
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  1. Of or relating to these cartilages or an associated muscle or gland.
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Related formsar′y•te•noidal adj.
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