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Definition of "arytenoid" [a•ryt•e•noid]

  • Either of two small pitcher-shaped cartilages at the back of the larynx to which the vocal cords are attached. (noun)
  • A muscle connected to either of these cartilages. (noun)
  • Any of several small mucous glands located in front of these cartilages. (noun)
  • Of or relating to these cartilages or an associated muscle or gland. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "arytenoid" in a sentence
  • "On the upper edge of the cricoid cartilage are perched a pair of very singular cartilages, pyramidal in shape, called the arytenoid, which are of great importance in the production of the voice."
  • "When the scarring from subglottic stenosis is limited to the back part of the vocal cords (inter-arytenoid region), it is called posterior glottic stenosis."
  • "The arytenoid consists of two pyramid shaped cartilage that lie at the back of the larynz at the upper edge of the cricoid."