[ sir-ingks ]
/ ˈsɪr ɪŋks /

noun, plural sy·rin·ges [suh-rin-jeez] /səˈrɪn dʒiz/, syr·inx·es.

Ornithology. the vocal organ of birds, situated at or near the bifurcation of the trachea into the bronchi.
(initial capital letter) Classical Mythology. a mountain nymph of Arcadia who was transformed, in order to protect her chastity from Pan, into the reed from which Pan then made the panpipe.
a panpipe.
a narrow corridor in an ancient Egyptian tomb.

Origin of syrinx

1600–10; (< Latin) < Greek sŷrinx pipe, pipelike object Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for syrinx (1 of 2)


/ (ˈsɪrɪŋks) /

noun plural syringes (sɪˈrɪndʒiːz) or syrinxes

the vocal organ of a bird, which is situated in the lower part of the trachea
(in classical Greek music) a panpipe or set of panpipes
anatomy another name for the Eustachian tube

Derived Forms

syringeal (sɪˈrɪndʒɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for syrinx

C17: via Latin from Greek surinx pipe

British Dictionary definitions for syrinx (2 of 2)


/ (ˈsɪrɪŋks) /


Greek myth a nymph who was changed into a reed to save her from the amorous pursuit of Pan. From this reed Pan then fashioned his musical pipes

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Medicine definitions for syrinx


[ sîrĭngks ]

n. pl. syr•inx•es

A pathological tube-shaped cavity in the brain or spinal cord.

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