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

Examples of larynx in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today’s amphibians, reptiles and mammals all possess a larynx, or voice box, near the top of their airway. Michael B. Habib, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2022 Whereas the larynx resides at the top of the main airway, the syrinx sits at the bottom, where the trachea (aka the windpipe) branches out to the lungs. Michael B. Habib, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2022 Their larynx is reduced, and the syrinx provides nearly all of their vocal control. Michael B. Habib, Scientific American, 1 Jan. 2022 Hoarseness is usually a symptom of problems in the vocal folds of your larynx, aka your voice box. Korin Miller,, 4 Nov. 2021 There was a tumor on his larynx, stage 3, that had almost reached his lymph nodes. Usha Lee Mcfarling, Scientific American, 12 Nov. 2021 The band’s 10th studio album (and third consecutive one produced by Josh Wilbur) mixes razor-sharp guitar riffs, larynx-shredding screams and soaring, arena-ready choruses. Bryan Rolli, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 He was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and underwent surgery to remove his larynx, according to Wednesday’s ruling., 22 Sep. 2021 In the weeks before the curtain goes up on September 27, what Liverman will be worrying about most is how to balance the role’s technical and emotional demands — specifically, how to channel the character’s rage without clenching his larynx. Justin Davidson, Vulture, 3 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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More Definitions for larynx


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 larynx (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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