cricothyroid

adjective
cri·​co·​thy·​roid | \ -ˈthī-ˌrȯid How to pronounce cricothyroid (audio) \

Medical Definition of cricothyroid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or connecting the cricoid cartilage and the thyroid cartilage

cricothyroid

noun

Medical Definition of cricothyroid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a triangular muscle of the larynx that is attached to the cricoid and thyroid cartilages and is the principal tensor of the vocal cords

called also cricothyroid muscle

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“Cricothyroid.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/cricothyroid. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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