designating or of the ring-shaped cartilage forming the lower part of the larynx
Origin of cricoidClassical Greek krikoeid?s, ring-shaped ; from krikos, ring (akin to kirkos: see circus) + -eid?s, -oid
A ring-shaped cartilage of the lower larynx that articulates with the thyroid cartilage and artenoid cartilages.
Origin of cricoidNew Latin crico&imacron;d&emacron;s, from Greek krikoeid&emacron;s, ring-shaped : krikos, ring; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots + -oeid&emacron;s, -oid.
(comparative more cricoid, superlative most cricoid)
- (anatomy) Shaped like a ring, usually with reference to the cricoid cartilage.
- (anatomy) The cricoid cartilage.
From Ancient Greek κρικοειδής (krikoeidēs, “ring-shaped”), from κρίκος (krikos, “ring”).