[lar-ingks] /ˈlær ɪŋks/

noun, plural larynges
[luh-rin-jeez] /ləˈrɪn dʒiz/ (Show IPA), larynxes.
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.

noun (pl) larynges (ləˈrɪndʒiːz) larynxes
a cartilaginous and muscular hollow organ forming part of the air passage to the lungs: in higher vertebrates it contains the vocal cords

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.”

larynx lar·ynx (lār’ĭngks)
n. pl. lar·ynx·es or la·ryn·ges (lə-rĭn’jēz)
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.
Plural larynges (lə-rĭn’jēz) or 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.

laryngeal adjective
larynx [(lar-ingks)]

The specialized upper portion of the trachea that contains the vocal cords; the voice box.


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