Definitions for: Larynx


[n] a cartilaginous structure at the top of the trachea; contains elastic vocal cords that are the source of the vocal tone in speech



Webster (1913) Definition: Lar"ynx, n. [?L, from Gr. ?, ?.] (Anat.)
The expanded upper end of the windpipe or trachea, connected
with the hyoid bone or cartilage. It contains the vocal
cords, which produce the voice by their vibrations, when they
are stretched and a current of air passes between them. The
larynx is connected with the pharynx by an opening, the
glottis, which, in mammals, is protected by a lidlike
epiglottis.

Note: In the framework of the human larynx, the thyroid
cartilage, attached to the hyoid bone, makes the
protuberance on the front of the neck known as Adam's
apple, and is articulated below to the ringlike cricoid
cartilage. This is narrow in front and high behind,
where, within the thyroid, it is surmounted by the two
arytenoid cartilages, from which the vocal cords pass
forward to be attached together to the front of the
thyroid. See Syrinx.

Synonyms: voice box

See Also: Adam's apple, arteria laryngea, arytaenoid, arytenoid, arytenoid cartilage, cartilaginous structure, glottis, laryngeal artery, laryngeal vein, plica vocalis, speech organ, thyroid cartilage, upper respiratory tract, vena laryngea, vocal band, vocal cord, vocal fold, vocal organ

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Famous Quotes Containing Larynx:


Remember that the pharynx is at a crossroads from which leads off, at the top, the passage to the mouth cavity and the passage to the nasal cavity, and below, the passage to the larynx.

-- Roman Jakobson (Russian Scientist)

Lord, confound this surly sister, blight her brow with blotch and blister, cramp her larynx, lung and liver, in her guts a galling give her.

-- J. M. Synge (Irish Poet)


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