Definition of cricoarytenoid in US English:

cricoarytenoid

(also cricoarytaenoid)

adjective

Anatomy
  • Of or relating to the cricoid and arytenoid cartilages; especially designating either of a pair of muscles (lateral and posterior) which originate from the cricoid and insert on to the thyroid cartilage, and serve to adduct and abduct the vocal folds.

noun

Anatomy
  • A cricoarytenoid muscle.

Origin

Mid 18th century. From crico- + arytenoid, after post-classical Latin cricoarytaenoideus, cricoarytaenoides.

Pronunciation

cricoarytenoid

/ˌkrʌɪkəʊarɪˈtiːnɔɪd/