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Unformatted text preview: The larynx consists of four basic anatomic components: a cartilaginous skeleton, intrinsic and extrinsic muscles, and a mucosal lining. The cartilaginous skeleton, which houses the vocal cords, is comprised of the thyroid, cricoid, and arytenoid cartilages. These cartilages are connected to other structures of the head and neck through the extrinsic muscles. The intrinsic muscles of the larynx alter the position, shape and tension of the vocal folds. The Laryngeal Skeleton The laryngeal skeleton is comprised of nine cartilaginous structures. It is easiest to talk about the cartilages of the larynx as major/unpaired and minor/paired structures. The major/unpaired cartilages are the thyroid, epiglottis and cricoid cartilages. The minor/paired cartilages are the arytenoid, corniculate and cuneiform cartilages....
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