lar·​ynx | \ ˈler-iŋ(k)s How to pronounce larynx (audio) , ˈla-riŋ(k)s \
plural larynges\ lə-​ˈrin-​(ˌ)jēz How to pronounce larynges (audio) \ or larynxes

Definition of larynx

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Everything else — a pair of home-plate collisions this season, Trent Grisham’s delayed home run trot Monday after a blast off Dodgers icon Clayton Kershaw, body language and larynx-straining throughout — indicated something different altogether. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Dodgers stop Padres when it matters, again," 16 Sep. 2020 In addition, a June 2013 review in Autoimmune Diseases shows that RA can affect the larynx, aka the voice box, which aids in breathing, producing sound and swallowing food. Tiffany Ayuda,, "Caroline Wozniacki Opens Up About Having Rheumatoid Arthritis—and Her Struggle to Get Diagnosed," 10 Sep. 2020 According to documents obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, someone had stomped on his throat, crushing his larynx., "Man Traveling to See Family Is Stomped to Death After Crossing Paths with Convicted Killer at Hotel," 13 Aug. 2020 Such communication methods could also be useful for those who suffer from diseases that affect the larynx, as well as possibly controlling prosthetics, Rogers noted. Katherine Harmon, Scientific American, "Skinlike Electronic Patch Takes Pulse, Promises New Human-Machine Integration," 11 Aug. 2011 At the time of his death Baden said the 66-year-old had two fractures on the left and right sides of his larynx, specifically the thyroid cartilage or Adam’s apple, as well as one fracture on the left hyoid bone above the Adam’s apple. Fox News, "Dr. Michael Baden on Jeffrey Epstein's death: Many questions still unanswered after one year," 10 Aug. 2020 Last October, Baden posited that two bone fractures on the left and right sides of Epstein's larynx, as well as a third fracture on a bone above his Adam's apple, suggests he was strangled. Chris Harris,, "Jeffrey Epstein Died in Prison 1 Year Ago Today: Here's Where the Case Stands Now," 10 Aug. 2020 The 26-year-old suffered a fractured larynx after the deputies, who were working side jobs as security officers, tried to remove him from the theater. Washington Post, "A police department quietly hired a deputy involved in the death of a man with Down syndrome. Then one man decided to make noise.," 5 Aug. 2020 But the larynx, where sound is produced, requires just 50 to 100 cubic centimeters of air movement to produce sound. USA Today, "George Floyd's not alone. 'I can’t breathe' uttered by dozens in fatal police holds across U.S.," 13 June 2020

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First Known Use of larynx

1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for larynx

New Latin laryng-, larynx, from Greek

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“Larynx.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of larynx

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


lar·​ynx | \ ˈler-iŋks How to pronounce larynx (audio) \
plural larynges\ lə-​ˈrin-​ˌjēz \ or larynxes

Kids Definition of larynx

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


lar·​ynx | \ ˈlar-iŋ(k)s How to pronounce larynx (audio) \
plural larynges\ lə-​ˈrin-​(ˌ)jēz How to pronounce larynges (audio) \ or larynxes

Medical Definition of larynx

: 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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