Definition of laryngeal in US English:



  • 1Relating to the larynx.

    ‘the laryngeal artery’
    • ‘The hypopnea was accompanied by prominent activity of the laryngeal adductor muscle, an increase in upper airway pressure, and a maintained or elevated absolute lung volume.’
    • ‘Structures include the thyroid gland, aortic arch and great vessels, proximal portions of the vagus and recurrent laryngeal nerves, esophagus and trachea.’
    • ‘Saccular diverticula of the laryngeal ventricle are often reported.’
    • ‘Lateral fluoroscopic projection showing contrast material in the valleculas, pyriform sinuses, laryngeal vestibule, and aspiration into the upper trachea’
    • ‘Pancreatic, pulmonary, pleural, laryngeal, adrenal, pericardial, myocardial and lingual leishmaniasis have also been reported.’
    1. 1.1Phonetics (of a speech sound) made in the larynx with the vocal cords partly closed and partly vibrating (producing, in English, the so-called “creaky voice” sound)
      ‘laryngeal consonants’


  • A laryngeal sound.

    • ‘It is still in intense debate how many laryngeals there were, but most linguists agree on three.’
    • ‘The laryngeals were beginning to be affected by this, too.’
    • ‘After all, the laryngeals were first postulated before Hittite was deciphered.’
    • ‘Alleged cognates will be discarded as soon as the exact number of laryngeals and fricatives in Nostratic and the new phonemic correspondences are established.’
    • ‘In some unstressed contexts, namely in the neighbourhood of liquids, nasals and laryngeals, the reduced vowel could be present.’


Late 18th century: from modern Latin laryngeus ‘relating to the larynx’ + -al.