The larynx, also known as the voice box, is an organ of the anterior neck involved with breathing, phonation, and protection of the trachea. The vocal cords are housed within the larynx. The larynx connects the inferior part of the pharynx with the trachea.
Below are images of a normal larynx, offered as a point of comparison for all of the examples of laryngeal diseases and disorders elsewhere on Laryngopedia. One can reasonably call the vocal cords, “laryngeal lips.” Thinking of a trumpeter’s lips as an analogy, he or she separates them to take a breath, and then pinches them together to “buzz” into the mouth piece of the trumpet. Similarly, the laryngeal lips separate for breathing, though in a V-shaped opening, and then press together in a line to “buzz” into the vocal tract. One could almost play the trumpet using the laryngeal lips!