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larynx

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noun lar·ynx \ˈlar-iŋ(k)s\

Medical Definition of larynx

plural la·ryn·ges \lə-ˈrin-(ˌ)jēz\play or lar·ynx·es

  1. :  the modified upper part of the respiratory passage of air-breathing vertebrates that is bounded above by the glottis, is continuous below with the trachea, has a complex cartilaginous or bony skeleton capable of limited motion through the action of associated muscles, and in humans, most other mammals, and a few lower forms has a set of elastic vocal cords that play a major role in sound production and speech—called also voice box



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