larynx

[lar-ingks]
noun, plural larynges [luh-rin-jeez] , larynxes.
1.
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.
2.
Zoology.
a.
a similar vocal organ in other mammals.
b.
a corresponding structure in certain lower animals.

Origin:
1570–80; < Neo-Latin < Greek lárynx

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larynx (ˈlærɪŋks)
 
n , pl larynges, larynxes
a cartilaginous and muscular hollow organ forming part of the air passage to the lungs: in higher vertebrates it contains the vocal cords
 
[C16: from New Latin larynx, from Greek larunx]

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larynx
1570s, from M.Fr., from Gk. larynx (gen. laryngos) "the upper windpipe," probably from laimos "throat," influenced by pharynx "throat, windpipe."
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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.

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larynx   (lār'ĭngks)  Pronunciation Key 
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
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larynx [(lar-ingks)]

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

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Example sentences
For some people, whispering can be more traumatic to the larynx than normal
  speech.
As far as origins are concerned, the place where humans sprouted a larynx is
  the birthplace of language.
They dropped her on the sidewalk with a broken larynx.
Only those four species have an elastic ligament connecting bones that support
  the larynx in the throat.
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