Definition of cricoid in English:

cricoid

noun

Anatomy
  • The ring-shaped cartilage of the larynx.

    • ‘On the top edge of the cricoid are the two small arytenoid cartilages.’
    • ‘The application of cricoid pressure compensates for decreased UES tone by compressing the proximal esophageal lumen between the cricoid cartilage and the cervical vertebrae.’
    • ‘The larynx rests on the ring-shaped cricoid cartilage, and below this is the trachea.’
    • ‘Cricothyrotomy - a medical procedure involving an incision being made between the cricoid and thyroid cartilages to maintain patency of the airway.’
    • ‘The thyroid cartilage and epiglottis are connected to the hyoid bone, and the cricoid cartilage is connected to the trachea by the extrinsic ligaments of the larynx.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from modern Latin cricoides ring-shaped, from Greek krikoeidēs, from krikos ring.

Pronunciation:

cricoid

/ˈkrʌɪkɔɪd/