Corniculate cartilage

Last revised by Craig Hacking on 21 Feb 2024

The corniculate cartilages are small paired, elastic and accessory cartilages of the larynx that lie superior to and articulate with the superior process of the arytenoid cartilages. They are 2 of the 9 laryngeal cartilages.

History and etymology

The word 'corniculate' comes from the Latin word 'cornu' meaning horn-like.

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: larynx (illustration)
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  • Figure 2: corniculate cartilages (illustration)
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  • Figure 3: vocal cords (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 4: laryngeal muscles (Gray's illustrations)
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  • Figure 5: laryngeal cartilages (Gray's illustrations)
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  • Figure 6: laryngeal cartilages (Gray's illustrations)
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