Sagittal view of the head and neck showing the larynx highlighted with green

The larynx is a cartilaginous structure in the throat, also referred to as the voice box.

It is the part of the respiratory tract that contains the vocal cords to produce the sound of the human voice.

A framework of cartilage provides stability and attachment points for a number of muscles that control the position of the larynx especially when speaking.

The larynx also has a flap of tissue called the epiglottis that prevents food from going into the trachea when you eat or drink.

Learn the anatomy of the larynx with tutorials and quizzes using interactive animations and diagrams below.