larynx [ lar-ingks ] SHOW IPA / ˈlær ɪŋks / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural la·ryn·ges , [l uh- rin-jeez] /ləˈrɪn dʒiz/ lar·ynx·es. . 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. . Zoology a similar vocal organ in other mammals. a corresponding structure in certain lower animals. RELATED CONTENT A Long List of Affixes: Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining Forms Suffixes -able, -ible, -ile: (form adjs) able to, fit to, worthy, capable; apt to; subject to being ~-ed -ac: one affect with -ac, -al, -ane, -ar, -ary, -ch, -ese, -ic, -ical, -id, -ile, -ine, -ish, -ory: like, of, pertaining to; characterized by -aceae: families of plants -aceous, -ous: resemblance to a substance; full of -acy, -age, -ance, -ancy, -asm, -dom, -ence, -ency, -hood, -ism, -ity, -ment, -mony, -ness, -ry, -ship, … RELATED WORDS esophagus
voice Nearby words laryngotracheal, laryngotracheitis, laryngotracheobronchitis, laryngotracheotomy, laryngoxerosis, las casas, las casas, bartolomé de, las cruces, las palmas, las vegas Origin of larynx 1570–80; < New Latin < Greek lárynx
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The yellow fibro-cartilage forms the expanded part of the ear, the epiglottis, and other parts of the
One thinks the
larynx—the protuberance known as the Adam's apple—ought to be pressed down, and kept so.
Here he remained for ten years, till an affliction of the
larynx caused his retirement.
The muscles within the
larynx, of course, play a very important part in altering the tension of the vocal cords. British Dictionary definitions for larynx noun plural larynges ( ləˈrɪndʒiːz) or larynxes 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 for larynx
C16: from New Latin
larynx, from Greek larunx
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Word Origin and History for larynx n.
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."
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Medicine definitions for larynx n. pl. lar•ynx•es 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.
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Science definitions for larynx Plural larynges ( lə-rĭn) ′jēz larynxes 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 Related forms laryngeal adjective
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Culture definitions for larynx
The specialized upper portion of the
trachea that contains the vocal cords; the voice box.
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