• (RP) IPA: /ˈlæɹɪŋks/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈlæɹɪŋks/, /ˈlɛ-/

larynx (plural larynges)

  1. (anatomy) An organ of the neck#Noun|neck of mammals situate#Verb|situated just below where the tract of the pharynx split#Verb|splits into the trachea and the oesophagus (or esophagus). It is involved in breath control#Noun|control and protection of the trachea, and, because it house#Verb|houses the vocal cords, sound#Noun|sound production.
    Synonyms: voice box
    • 1809, William Nicholson, “PHYSIOLOGY ↗”, in The British Encyclopedia, or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences; […], volume V (N … R), London: Printed by C[harles] Whittingham, […]; for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, […], OCLC 978021632 ↗:
      The larynx is the instrument of the voice, of which the rima glottidis is the immediate organ. [...] The change of the voice from acute to grave at the time of puberty, when the larynx undergoes a remarkable development, as well as its acuteness in females, whose glottis is less by one third than that of man, shew that the size of the aperture has a great influence.

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