Arytenoid muscle

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Arytenoid muscle
Muscles of larynx. Posterior view.
Oblique arytenoid: The "X" in the center.
Transverse arytenoid: Bands underneath the "X".
Aryepiglotticus: Wraps around back.
Sagittal section of the larynx and upper part of the trachea. (Arytenoideus visible at center right.)
Origin Arytenoid cartilage on one side
Insertion Arytenoid cartilage on opposite side
Artery superior laryngeal artery
Nerve recurrent laryngeal branch of the vagus
Actions approximate the arytenoid cartilages (close rima glottis)
Latin Musculus arytaenoideus
TA A06.2.08.012
FMA 46582
Anatomical terms of muscle

The arytenoid /ærɪˈtnɔɪd/ is a single muscle, filling up the posterior concave surfaces of the arytenoid cartilages.

It arises from the posterior surface and lateral border of one arytenoid cartilage, and is inserted into the corresponding parts of the opposite cartilage.

It consists of oblique and transverse parts.


The Arytœnoideus approximates the arytenoid cartilages, and thus closes the aperture of the glottis, especially at its back part to eliminate the posterior commissure of the vocal folds.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)