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cricoid Line breaks: cri|coid
Pronunciation: /ˈkrʌɪkɔɪd/

Definition of cricoid in English:


(also cricoid cartilage) Anatomy The ring-shaped cartilage of the larynx.
Example sentences
  • Cricothyrotomy - a medical procedure involving an incision being made between the cricoid and thyroid cartilages to maintain patency of the airway.
  • On the top edge of the cricoid are the two small arytenoid cartilages.
  • The application of cricoid pressure compensates for decreased UES tone by compressing the proximal esophageal lumen between the cricoid cartilage and the cervical vertebrae.


Mid 18th century: from modern Latin cricoides 'ring-shaped', from Greek krikoeidēs, from krikos 'ring'.

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