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larynx


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Larynx  \Lar"ynx\,  n.  [?L,  from  Gr  ?,  ?.]  (Anat.) 
  The  expanded  upper  end  of  the  windpipe  or  trachea,  connected 
  with  the  hyoid  bone  or  cartilage.  It  contains  the  vocal 
  cords,  which  produce  the  voice  by  their  vibrations,  when  they 
  are  stretched  and  a  current  of  air  passes  between  them  The 
  larynx  is  connected  with  the  pharynx  by  an  opening,  the 
  glottis,  which  in  mammals,  is  protected  by  a  lidlike 
  epiglottis. 
 
  Note:  In  the  framework  of  the  human  larynx,  the  thyroid 
  cartilage,  attached  to  the  hyoid  bone,  makes  the 
  protuberance  on  the  front  of  the  neck  known  as  Adam's 
  apple,  and  is  articulated  below  to  the  ringlike  cricoid 
  cartilage.  This  is  narrow  in  front  and  high  behind, 
  where  within  the  thyroid,  it  is  surmounted  by  the  two 
  arytenoid  cartilages,  from  which  the  vocal  cords  pass 
  forward  to  be  attached  together  to  the  front  of  the 
  thyroid.  See  {Syrinx}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  larynx 
  n  :  a  cartilaginous  structure  at  the  top  of  the  trachea; 
  contains  elastic  vocal  cords  that  are  the  source  of  the 
  vocal  tone  in  speech  [syn:  {voice  box}] 




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