Definition of Larynx

1. Noun. A cartilaginous structure at the top of the trachea; contains elastic vocal cords that are the source of the vocal tone in speech.

Definition of Larynx

1. n. 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.

Definition of Larynx

1. Noun. An organ of the neck of mammals involved in breath control, protection of the trachea and sound production, housing the vocal cords, and that is situated at the point where the upper tract splits into the trachea and the oesophagus/esophagus. ¹

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Definition of Larynx

1. an organ of the respiratory tract [n LARYNGES or LARYNXES] : LARYNGAL [adj]

Medical Definition of Larynx

1. (adj. Laryngeal) voice box. (16 Dec 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Larynx

laryngotracheal diphtheria
laryngotracheal diverticulum
laryngotracheal groove
larynx (current term)
lasagna code

Literary usage of Larynx

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Medical Lexicon: A Dictionary of Medical Science : Containing a Concise by Robley Dunglison (1868)
"There is, also, pain upon pressing the larynx ; and, whilst laryngitis is ... Catarrh affecting the larynx and trachea more especially, ..."

2. The Laryngoscope by American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society (1908)
"Discussion on the Operative Treatment of Malignant Diseases of the larynx. SIR FELIX SEMON said: The history of radical operations for malignant disease of ..."

3. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"THE larynx. larynx is the organ of voice, placed at the upper part of the air-passage. J_ It is situated between the trachea and base of the tongue, ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1890)
"of the larynx ; 7 men, between twenty-one and forty-eight years of age, and 1 in a woman fifty-eight years of age. 7 of them occurred in inflammatory ..."

5. Chambers's Encyclopaedia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge (1901)
"Such is the skeleton of the larynx, hanging as it does from the hyoid bone, ... The mucous membrane of the larynx is part of the extensive respiratory tract ..."

6. Manual of the International List of Causes of Death: Based on the Second by United States Bureau of the Census, Cressy Livingston Wilbur (1911)
"Diseases of the larynx. This title includes: Abscess of larynx Adhesion of epiglottis Calcification of larynx Catarrh of larynx throat Catarrhal croup ..."

7. Anatomy of the Cat by Jacob Ellsworth Reighard, Herbert Spencer Jennings (1901)
"Muscles which move the parts of the larynx one upon another. ... The two muscles cover the dorsal surface of the larynx. Origin.—From the dorsal part of the ..."

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