What is the Larynx?

The larynx, pronounced “LARE-inks”, is often referred to as the “voice box”. It is an organ in the neck containing the vocal folds (vocal cords), which work to produce sound for speech. Below the vocal folds is the airway or the trachea, pronounced “TRAKE-ee-uh”. In a healthy functioning individual, the larynx is systematically closed off at a very specific point in the swallow as to not allow liquid or food to pass through the trachea.

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