la·​ryn·​geal | \ lə-ˈrin-jəl How to pronounce laryngeal (audio) also -jē-əl; ˌla-rən-ˈjē-əl How to pronounce laryngeal (audio) \

Definition of laryngeal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or used on the larynx a laryngeal obstruction
2 : produced by or with constriction of the larynx laryngeal articulation of sounds



Definition of laryngeal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an anatomical part (such as a nerve or artery) that supplies or is associated with the larynx
2a : a laryngeal sound
b : any of a set of several conjectured phonemes reconstructed for Proto-Indo-European chiefly on indirect evidence

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Examples of laryngeal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective My mom passed away from laryngeal cancer in November 2008. As Told To Stephanie Booth,, "4 Breast Cancer Survivors Share How the Disease Changed Their Lives," 25 Sep. 2019 If laryngeal descent is necessary for human vowels, and vowels in turn for language, then chimpanzees would never talk. Louis-jean Boë, The Conversation, "Examining how primates make vowel sounds pushes timeline for speech evolution back by 27 million years," 11 Dec. 2019 The cause was laryngeal cancer, said his wife, Susan Walton. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 3 Oct. 2019 Per a statement, the animals’ primary cause of death was laryngeal paralysis, a respiratory disease that impairs sufferers’ breathing. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "86 Big Cats Rescued From Thailand’s Tiger Temple Have Died in Government Custody," 18 Sep. 2019 Officials from Thailand’s Department of National Parks said that the main cause of the deaths was laryngeal paralysis, an upper respiratory condition that interferes with breathing. New York Times, "86 Tigers From Notorious Thai Temple Died in Government Custody," 16 Sep. 2019 Slayer’s grizzled lead vocalist and bassist asserted his laryngeal dominance over some 14,000 fans at the Austin360 Amphitheater on Wednesday night (June 20), the final stop on the first leg of the thrash titans’ hefty farewell tour. Bryan Rolli, Billboard, "Slayer Close Out First Leg of Farewell Tour with Blistering, Career-Spanning Austin Performance," 21 June 2018 Bonar's dog was diagnosed with a tumor on her larynx — laryngeal rhabdomyosarcoma — in 2013. David Lazarus,, "Be ready to fight if a pet insurer, like a people insurer, denies a valid claim," 26 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Other increased cancer risks included lung cancer, laryngeal cancer, and multiple myeloma. Longreads, "True Roots," 5 June 2019 But triggering patients' laryngeal muscles by stimulating the associated neurons strongly enforces the case for a causal link. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "One Sentence With 7 Meanings Unlocks a Mystery of Human Speech," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of laryngeal


1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of laryngeal was in 1795

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20 Jan 2020

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“Laryngeal.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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la·​ryn·​geal | \ lə-ˈrin-j(ē-)əl How to pronounce laryngeal (audio) , ˌlar-ən-ˈjē-əl How to pronounce laryngeal (audio) \

Medical Definition of laryngeal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, affecting, or used on the larynx

Other Words from laryngeal

laryngeally \ -​ē How to pronounce laryngeally (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of laryngeal (Entry 2 of 2)

: an anatomical part (as a nerve or artery) that supplies or is associated with the larynx

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