laryngeal

adjective
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

laryngeal

noun

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 One case of tonsil diphtheria and of case of laryngeal diphtheria were reported. NOLA.com, "From the Files of The Farmer," 1 Dec. 2020 No coincidence, Simonyan points out, that laryngeal dystonia is much more prevalent in women than in men. Eric Boodman, STAT, "The vodka trial: In search of a treatment for vocal disorders, a researcher puts patient anecdotes to the test," 10 Feb. 2020 My mom passed away from laryngeal cancer in November 2008. As Told To Stephanie Booth, Health.com, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So just about any science on laryngeal dystonia seemed worth volunteering for. Eric Boodman, STAT, "The vodka trial: In search of a treatment for vocal disorders, a researcher puts patient anecdotes to the test," 10 Feb. 2020 In dystonia cases, both laryngeal and otherwise, that mix of reliance and distrust is especially fraught. Eric Boodman, STAT, "The vodka trial: In search of a treatment for vocal disorders, a researcher puts patient anecdotes to the test," 10 Feb. 2020 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

Adjective

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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 2021

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“Laryngeal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laryngeal. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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laryngeal

adjective
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

laryngeal

noun

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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