larynx

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noun lar·ynx \ˈler-iŋ(k)s, ˈla-riŋ(k)s\

Definition of larynx

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larynges

play \lə-ˈrin-(ˌ)jēz\ or

larynxes

  1. :  the modified upper part of the trachea of air-breathing vertebrates that in humans, most other mammals, and some amphibians and reptiles contains the vocal cords

Origin and Etymology of larynx

New Latin laryng-, larynx, from Greek


First Known Use: 1578


LARYNX Defined for English Language Learners

larynx

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noun lar·ynx \ˈler-iŋ(k)s, ˈla-riŋ(k)s\

Definition of larynx for English Language Learners

  • medical : the part of your throat that contains the vocal cords


LARYNX Defined for Kids

larynx

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noun lar·ynx \ˈler-iŋks\

Definition of larynx for Students

plural

larynges

\lə-ˈrin-ˌjēz\ or

larynxes

  1. :  the upper part of the trachea that contains the vocal cords


Medical Dictionary

larynx

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noun lar·ynx \ˈlar-iŋ(k)s\

Medical Definition of larynx

plural

larynges

\lə-ˈrin-(ˌ)jēz\play or

larynxes

  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

Illustration of larynx



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