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 (ăr′ĭ-tē′noid′, ə-rĭt′n-oid′)
1. Either of two small pitcher-shaped cartilages at the back of the larynx to which the vocal cords are attached.
2. A muscle connected to either of these cartilages.
3. Any of several small mucous glands located in front of these cartilages.
Of or relating to these cartilages or an associated muscle or gland.

[New Latin arytaenoīdēs, from Greek arutainoeidēs, shaped like a ladle : arutaina, feminine variant of arutēr, ladle (from aruein, to draw water) + -oeidēs, -oid.]

ar′y·te·noi′dal adj.
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(ˌærɪˈtiːnɔɪd) or


1. (Anatomy) denoting either of two small cartilages of the larynx that are attached to the vocal cords
2. (Anatomy) denoting any of three small muscles of the larynx that narrow the space between the vocal cords
(Anatomy) an arytenoid cartilage or muscle
[C18: from New Latin arytaenoīdes, from Greek arutainoeidēs shaped like a ladle, from arutaina ladle]
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(ˌær ɪˈti nɔɪd, əˈrɪt nˌɔɪd)
1. pertaining to either of two small cartilages at the back of the larynx.
2. pertaining to the muscles connected with these cartilages.
3. an arytenoid cartilage or muscle.
[1685–95; < Greek arytainoeidḗs literally, ladle-shaped =arýtain(a) ladle + -oeidēs -oid]
ar`y•te•noi′dal (-tnˈɔɪd l) adj.
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Noun1.arytenoid - either of two small cartilages at the back of the larynx to which the vocal folds are attachedarytenoid - either of two small cartilages at the back of the larynx to which the vocal folds are attached
cartilage, gristle - tough elastic tissue; mostly converted to bone in adults
larynx, voice box - a cartilaginous structure at the top of the trachea; contains elastic vocal cords that are the source of the vocal tone in speech
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The hypopharynx includes the left and right piriform sinuses, which expand around the sides of the larynx and lie between the larynx and the thyroid cartilage; the lateral and posterior hypopharyngeal walls; and the postcricoid region extending from the level of the arytenoid cartilages to the inferior border of the cricoid cartilage.
Kikirdak invazyonu, ekstrakapsuler yayilim, olan grupta lenf nodu tutulum orani ekstrakapsuler yayilim, perinoral invazyon, lenfovaskuler yayilim, piriform sinus tutulumu, dil koku tutulumu, band tutulumu, ariepiglottik plika tutulumu, epiglotlaringeal yuz tutulumu, arytenoid vokal proces tutulumu, aritenoid kartilajtutulumu parametreleri incelendiginde istatististiksel olarak anlamli olarak (p<0,01) lenf nodu tutulumunu arttirdigi saptanmistir.
When the cuff of the correctly positioned mask is inflated, the thyroid, arytenoid and cricoid cartilages move anteriorly, resulting in bulging of the tissues that overlie the larynx (19).
Additional work is needed to clarify the rotational dynamics of the arytenoid cartilage and cricoarytenoid joint and to develop techniques with abilities to measure movements in this region objectively.
Postoperative examination revealed that the patient had a subluxation of arytenoid. The patient was continually followed by otorhinolaryngology doctors postoperatively.
proposed this procedure in 1984.[2] Endoscopic laser surgery had commonly been used but could result in the formation of granulation tissue leading to renarrowing of the airway or excessive enlargement of the glottic lumen which was irreversible.[3] Most of the laser surgery actually ablated partial arytenoid cartilage, large proportion of vocal ligament, and the thyroarytenoid (TA) muscle to achieve enlargement of the glottic lumen.[3],[4],[5] The cricoarytenoid joint (CAJ) and CAJ fixation (CAJF) were often developed after the first session of laser surgery.
Asymmetric, incomplete abduction of an arytenoid is a common abnormality that can have different etiologies.
The most common finding was seen in posterior part of larynx - arytenoids and inter arytenoid region and posterior part of vocal cords [Table 2].
When there is no epiglottis, arytenoid cartilages that rotate to close the rima glottis prevent aspiration.
Subsequent endoscopy after lingual tonsillectomy and epiglottopexy shows continued tonsillar splinting, but obstruction now due to arytenoid collapse.
AS involves axial skeleton but peripheral joints including TMJ and arytenoid cartilages may also be affected making tracheal intubation impossible1.