One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural larynxes, Plural laryngesAnatomy
The hollow muscular organ forming an air passage to the lungs and holding the vocal cords in humans and other mammals; the voice box.
- ‘We did the lungs, the heart, the thymus gland, the larynx, and the mouth today.’
- ‘Cancer of various organs, not only the lung, but also the larynx, bladder and oesophagus.’
- ‘Elastic cartilage forms your outer ear and part of your larynx (voicebox).’
- ‘Smoking is a risk factor for cancer of the lung, mouth, larynx, bladder, kidney and several other organs.’
- ‘The larynx is the ‘voicebox’, the organ in the neck that plays a crucial role in speech and breathing.’
Late 16th century: modern Latin, from Greek larunx.
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