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[lar-ingks] /ˈlær ɪŋks/
noun, plural larynges
[luh-rin-jeez] /ləˈrɪn dʒiz/ (Show IPA),
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.
  1. a similar vocal organ in other mammals.
  2. a corresponding structure in certain lower animals.
Origin of larynx
1570-80; < New Latin < Greek lárynx Unabridged
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Examples from the web for larynx
  • 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.
  • And at no levels did they see any effects on the larynx.
  • Still, a tenor's career begins and ends in the larynx.
  • The area stretching from the larynx through the mouth and nose that is used to filter sound.
  • Injury to the nerves in your vocal cords and larynx.
  • In people, the mouth, lips and tongue play an important role in shaping the sounds coming from the larynx.
  • Human vocalizations originate in the larynx at the top of the trachea.
British Dictionary definitions for larynx


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
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin larynx, from Greek larunx
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Word Origin and History for larynx

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."

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larynx in Medicine

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 in Science
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 in Culture
larynx [(lar-ingks)]

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

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