Entry from British & World English dictionary
Relating to the cricoid and thyroid cartilages.
- The surgeon identifies the anatomical landmarks (ie, thyroid notch, cricothyroid membrane, inferior margin of the cricoid cartilage) and marks them.
- In addition to supplying the inferior constrictor muscle of the pharynx, the nerve may supply the cricothyroid muscle.
- It was almost certain, however, that the stenosis extended beyond the level of the cricothyroid membrane and probably below the level of a surgical tracheostomy.
Mid 19th century: from Greek kriko- (combining form of krikos 'ring') + thyroid.
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