One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
A cricoarytenoid muscle.
Mid 18th century. From crico- + arytenoid, after post-classical Latin cricoarytaenoideus, cricoarytaenoides.
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