cricothyroid membrane


cricothyroid membrane
cricothyroid membrane n a membrane of yellow elastic tissue that is attached below to the cricoid cartilage, in front to the thyroid cartilage, and in back to the arytenoid cartilages and that forms the vocal ligaments with its thickened upper margins

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the fibrous tissue in the anterior aspect of the neck between the lower border of the thyroid cartilage (the 'Adam's apple') and the upper border of the cricoid cartilage, lying immediately below it. It is the site where certain emergency airway devices can be inserted.

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cricovocal membrane conus elasticus.

Medical dictionary. 2011.