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a combining form representing larynx in compound words: laryngotomy.
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Also especially before a vowel, laryng-.

Origin of laryngo-

Combining form representing New Latin larynx,Greek lárynx (stem laryng-) larynx; see -o-
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What does laryngo- mean?

The combining form laryngo– is used like a prefix meaning “larynx,” a part of the throat where the vocal cords are located. It is often used in medical terms, especially in anatomy.

The form laryngo– comes from Greek lárynx, meaning “larynx.” The Latin equivalent of lárynx was guttur, “throat,” the source of words such as goiter and guttural. To learn more, check out our entries for both words.

What are variants of laryngo-?

When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, laryngo– becomes laryng, as in laryngitis. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article about laryng-.

Examples of laryngo-

One example of a medical term that features laryngo– is laryngotomy, “incision of the larynx.”

The form laryngo- represents “larynx,” while the tomy portion of the word means “cutting” or “incision,” from Greek –tomia. Laryngotomy literally translates to “larynx incision.”

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How to use laryngo- in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for laryngo-


before a vowel laryng-

combining form
indicating the larynxlaryngoscope
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