larynx

Pronunciation: (LAYR-inx)

The area of the throat containing the vocal cords and used for breathing, swallowing, and talking. Also called voice box.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Laryngeal cancer forms in the tissues of the larynx (area of the throat that contains the vocal cords). The larynx includes the supraglottis, glottis (vocal cords), and subglottis. The cancer may spread to nearby tissues or to the thyroid, trachea, or esophagus. It may also spread to the lymph nodes in the neck, the carotid artery, the upper part of the spinal column, the chest, and to other parts of the body (not shown).

Date last modified: 2017-04-11