from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A ring-shaped cartilage of the lower larynx that articulates with the thyroid cartilage and artenoid cartilages.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Shaped like a ring, usually with reference to the cricoid cartilage.
- n. The cricoid cartilage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Resembling a ring; -- said esp. of the cartilage at the larynx, and the adjoining parts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In anatomy, ring-like: as, the cricoid cartilage. See II.
- n. The more or less modified and specialized first tracheal ring or cartilage, coming next to the thyroid cartilage of the larynx. In man it resembles a signet-ring, being expanded posteriorly. It is connected with the thyroid cartilage by the cricothyroid membrane and other structures.
New Latin cricoīdēs, from Greek krikoeidēs, ring-shaped : krikos, ring; see sker-2 in Indo-European roots + -oeidēs, -oid.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek κρικοειδής (krikoeidēs, "ring-shaped"), from κρίκος ("ring"). (Wiktionary)