lar·ynx | \ˈler-iŋ(k)s, ˈla-riŋ(k)s\
plural larynges\lə-ˈrin-(ˌ)jēz \ 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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Physiologically, pitch is controlled by the larynx, a hollow hunk of multitalented muscle perched at the top of your neck. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "One Sentence With 7 Meanings Unlocks a Mystery of Human Speech," 28 June 2018 Tests revealed parts of his larynx were necrotising - or rotting - and excess fluid was collecting in the voice box. Andrea Downey, Fox News, "Man's throat began to rot after he mistakenly swallowed bleach tablet," 25 June 2018 The muscles of the larynx generate sound by bringing those cords together, and modifies the pitch of that sound by varying their tension. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "One Sentence With 7 Meanings Unlocks a Mystery of Human Speech," 28 June 2018 That’s Uncle Teddy, San Diego’s ever-present sports larynx and its unblinking set of eyes. Bryce Miller,, "Ted Leitner's return to the booth soothes concerned Padres fans," 20 June 2018 Butler County Coroner Andy Moore said the autopsy shows that Girard died from asphyxiation after his larynx was fractured and a neck bone broken. Fox News, "Parents charged with killing man who hit son at truck show," 13 June 2018 These included cancers of the prostate (which declined by an average of 7.6% per year), lung and bronchus (2.4%), larynx (2.3%), colon and rectum (1.9%), esophagus (1.6%), bladder (0.8%) and brain and nervous system (0.2%). Karen Kaplan,, "The death rate from cancer is falling for American men, women and children of all backgrounds," 22 May 2018 My lungs and larynx couldn’t create the air pressure and vibrations needed to say the words floating around my mind. New York Times, "Love Means Never Having to Say … Anything," 25 May 2018 The researchers say drinking alcohol is connected to mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colorectal, breast and stomach cancers, and that even small amounts can increase some of those risks. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Cut out fruit juice to slash your chance of getting cancer, experts say. Also bacon. | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018

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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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The first known use of larynx was in 1578

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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 \
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 \
plural larynges\lə-ˈrin-(ˌ)jēz \ 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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