- The definition of larynx is the structure at the upper part of the human trachea that contains the vocal cords or a similar structure in other creatures.
An example of the larynx is the combination of muscle and cartilage which is used for speech.
nounpl. la·ryn·ges or lar·ynx·es
The part of the respiratory tract between the pharynx and the trachea, having walls of cartilage and muscle and containing the vocal cords enveloped in folds of mucous membrane.
Origin of larynxNew Latin, from Greek larunx.
(plural larynges or larynxes)
From Ancient Greek λάρυγξ (larunks)