Definition of larynx
laryngesplay \lə-ˈrin-(ˌ)jēz\ or
: 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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Other cancers linked to tobacco include that of the mouth, larynx, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, liver, stomach, pancreas and cervix, as well as a form of leukemia.
According to one, their oral and nasal pathways could resonate in tandem with the folds of their larynx, where sounds are produced, so that their vocal system behaves like a musical wind instrument.
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Origin and Etymology of larynx
New Latin laryng-, larynx, from Greek
First Known Use: 1578See Words from the same year
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Definition of larynx for English Language Learners
medical : the part of your throat that contains the vocal cords
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Definition of larynx for Students
: the upper part of the trachea that contains the vocal cords
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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