syrinx

noun
syr·​inx | \ ˈsir-iŋ(k)s How to pronounce syrinx (audio) \
plural syringes\ sə-​ˈriŋ-​ˌgēz How to pronounce syrinx (audio) , -​ˈrin-​ˌjēz \ or syrinxes

Definition of syrinx

1 [Late Latin, from Greek] : panpipe
2 [New Latin, from Greek] : the vocal organ of birds that is a special modification of the lower part of the trachea or of the bronchi or of both

First Known Use of syrinx

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Syrinx.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syrinx. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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syrinx

noun
syr·​inx | \ ˈsir-iŋ(k)s How to pronounce syrinx (audio) \
plural syringes\ sə-​ˈriŋ-​ˌgēz How to pronounce syrinx (audio) , -​ˈrin-​ˌjēz How to pronounce syrinx (audio) \ or syrinxes

Medical Definition of syrinx

1 : the vocal organ of birds that is a special modification of the lower part of the trachea or of the bronchi or of both
2 : a pathological cavity in the brain or spinal cord especially in syringomyelia

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