Larynx

The larynx (/ˈlærɪŋks/), commonly called the voice box, is an organ in the top of the neck involved in breathing, producing sound and protecting the trachea against food aspiration. The opening of larynx into pharynx known as the laryngeal inlet is about 4–5 centimeters in diameter.[1] The larynx houses the vocal cords, and manipulates pitch and volume, which is essential for phonation. It is situated just below where the tract of the pharynx splits into the trachea and the esophagus. The word ʻlarynxʼ (plural ʻlaryngesʼ) comes from the Ancient Greek word lárunx ʻlarynx, gullet, throat.[2]

Larynx
Anatomy of the larynx, anterolateral view
Details
Pronunciation/ˈlærɪŋks/
Identifiers
Latinlarynx
MeSHD007830
TA98A06.2.01.001
TA23184
FMA55097
Anatomical terminology

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