Ligaments of the larynx. Posterior view. (Corniculate cartilage labeled at center right.)
The entrance to the larynx, viewed from behind. (Corniculate cartilage labeled at bottom right.)
The corniculate cartilages (cartilages of Santorini) are two small conical nodules consisting of elastic cartilage, which articulate with the summits of the arytenoid cartilages and serve to prolong them posteriorly and medially.
It is named by Giovanni Domenico Santorini. The word "Corniculate" has a Latin root "cornu". Cornu means horn like projections. The projections of Corniculate cartilage look like "horns" hence the name.
- Atlas image: rsa3p8 at the University of Michigan Health System