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

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

Examples of laryngeal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This procedure can be a part of treating laryngeal cancers, which impact more than 184,000 people worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organization. Michelle Cohan, CNN, 22 Mar. 2022 His son Douglas said the cause was laryngeal cancer. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2022 In all tetrapods—the group that includes the first land vertebrates and their descendants—the primary vocalizations in the larynx are controlled predominantly by the recurrent laryngeal nerve. Michael B. Habib, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2022 One case of tonsil diphtheria and of case of laryngeal diphtheria were reported., 1 Dec. 2020 No coincidence, Simonyan points out, that laryngeal dystonia is much more prevalent in women than in men. Eric Boodman, STAT, 10 Feb. 2020 My mom passed away from laryngeal cancer in November 2008. As Told To Stephanie Booth,, 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, 11 Dec. 2019 The cause was laryngeal cancer, said his wife, Susan Walton. Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So just about any science on laryngeal dystonia seemed worth volunteering for. Eric Boodman, STAT, 10 Feb. 2020 In dystonia cases, both laryngeal and otherwise, that mix of reliance and distrust is especially fraught. Eric Boodman, STAT, 10 Feb. 2020 Other increased cancer risks included lung cancer, laryngeal cancer, and multiple myeloma. Longreads, 5 June 2019 But triggering patients' laryngeal muscles by stimulating the associated neurons strongly enforces the case for a causal link. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, 28 June 2018 See More

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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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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 laryngeal (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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