larynx

Definitions:

  • The part of the respiratory tract between the pharynx and the trachea, having walls of cartilage and muscle and containing the vocal cords enveloped in folds of mucous membrane.
  • The part of the windpipe in which vocal sound is made and modulated; the organ of phonation.
  • 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.
  • An organ of the neck of mammals involved in breath control, protection of the <xref>trachea</xref> and sound production, housing the <xref>vocal cords</xref>, and that is situated at the point where the upper tract splits into the <xref>trachea</xref> and the <xref>oesophagus</xref>/<xref>esophagus</xref>.
  • a cartilaginous structure at the top of the trachea; contains elastic vocal cords that are the source of the vocal tone in speech
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