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

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Recent Examples on the Web The trachea, or windpipe, is the tube that connects the larynx to the lungs and is essential for speaking, breathing, and normal lung function, according to a news release from Mount Sinai. David Williams, CNN, "A New York woman is looking forward to the future with her family after receiving the first trachea transplant," 6 Apr. 2021 Our two ears are mostly independent of each other, but frogs’ two eardrums are connected through their larynx, meaning that one eardrum can hear sounds passed through the other eardrum. Rahul Rao, Popular Science, "Treefrogs have noise-cancelling headphones built into their ears," 8 Mar. 2021 In January, scientists recreated the voice of an ancient, 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy using 3D printing, medical scanners and an electronic larynx, a study said. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "The coronavirus vaccine wasn't the only amazing discovery: A look at all the ways science thrived in 2020," 22 Dec. 2020 Something similar happens higher up in the respiratory tract, in the sound-producing larynx. Fedor Kossakovski, National Geographic, "Why some people are superspreaders and how the body emits coronavirus," 27 Oct. 2020 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

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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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19 Apr 2021

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“Larynx.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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 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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