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Adam's apple
An example of male laryngeal prominence.
Latin prominentia laryngea
Precursor 4th and 6th branchial arch
Dorlands/Elsevier p_36/12669875

The Adam's apple - more clinically known as the laryngeal prominence - is a feature of the human neck. This lump, or protrusion, is formed by the angle of the thyroid cartilage surrounding the larynx. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 151 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Brandon Avery, Self Portrait, a classic example of the male neck I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... In the development of vertebrate animals, the branchial arches (or pharyngeal arches) develop during the fourth and fifth week in utero as a series of mesodermal outpouchings on the left and right sides of the developing pharynx. ... Elseviers logo. ... An adams apple is a protrusion in the front of the throat Adams apple may also refer to: Adams Apples, a 2005 Danish movie Adams Apple (album), a 1966 album by Wayne Shorter Adams Apple (2004 album), by John Wesley Harding Forbidden fruit Category: ... A human neck. ... The cartilages of the larynx. ... The larynx (plural larynges), colloquially known as the voicebox, is an organ in the neck of mammals involved in protection of the trachea and sound production. ...

Sex differences

The laryngeal prominence is usually more prominent in adult men than in women or prepubescent girls or boys. Note that the growth of the larynx itself during puberty is responsible for the vocal instability in teenage boys, not the laryngeal prominence. The laryngeal prominence is merely the protrusion one sees of the thyroid cartilage making up the body of the larynx. Some suggest that the reason for the laryngeal prominence usually being more prominent in males is that the two laminae of the thyroid cartilage that form the protrusion meet at an angle of 90° in males but that angle is usually 120° in females. This theory, however, seems more like conjecture when the fact is taken into consideration that with most women with a large laryngeal prominence appear no different from those seen on men. Puberty refers to the process of physical changes by which a childs body becomes an adult body capable of reproduction. ... This article is about angles in geometry. ...

A prominent laryngeal prominence is commonly considered a male secondary sex characteristic though this is more of a perception than anything pointing to scientific fact since not all males have large laryngeal prominence and there are quite a few women who do. A peacock displays his long, colored feathers, an example of his secondary sexual characteristics. ...


The laryngeal prominence can be more prominent than desired, and this is sometimes remedied by a chondrolaryngoplasty (thyroid chondroplasty), a type of plastic surgery to reduce the size of the poll Chondrolaryngoplasty is a surgical procedure in which the thyroid cartilage is reduced in size by shaving down the cartilage through an incision in the throat, generally to aid male-to-female transsexuals in achieving a passable female appearance, and occasionally on men who are uncomfortable with the girth of their... “Fasial reconstruction” redirects here. ...

External links

  • laryngeal+prominence at eMedicine Dictionary

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