(A) Frontal view and (B) cutaway side view of the human larynx. The larynx is composed of cartilage …—© Merriam-Webster Inc.

Hollow, tubular structure connecting the pharynx with the trachea, through which air passes on the way to the lungs. The larynx consists of a framework of cartilage plates, with a ridge in front (Adam's apple); the epiglottis, a flaplike projection up into the throat that covers the airway during swallowing to keep food and liquid from entering; and the vocal cords, whose vibration produces the sound of the voice (see speech).

Variants of LARYNX

larynx or voice box

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