Laryngomalacia
A soft floppy larynx (voice box).
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SYN: chondromalacia of larynx. [laryngo- + G. malakia, a softness]

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n.
a condition characterized by paroxysmal attacks of breathing difficulty and stridor. It occurs in small children and is caused by flaccidity of the structure of the larynx. It usually resolves spontaneously by the age of two years.

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la·ryn·go·ma·la·cia (lə-ring″go-mə-laґshə) [laryngo- + malacia] flaccidity of the epiglottis and aryepiglottic folds, as in congenital laryngeal stridor.

Laryngomalacia in an infant.


Medical dictionary. 2011.

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