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thyroarytenoid muscle

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n.
A muscle with origin from the inner surface of the thyroid cartilage, with insertion into the muscular process and the outer surface of the arytenoid muscle, with nerve supply from the recurrent laryngeal nerve, and whose action shortens the vocal cords.
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