Thyroarytenoid muscle

Thyroarytenoid muscle

Infobox Muscle
Latin = musculus thyroarytenoideus
GraySubject = 236
GrayPage = 1083

Caption = Muscles of the larynx, seen from above.
Origin = Inner surface of the thyroid cartilage (anterior aspect)
Insertion = Anterior surface of arytenoid cartilage
Blood =
Nerve = recurrent laryngeal branch of the vagus
Action = helps to adduct the vocal folds during speech
DorlandsPre = m_22
DorlandsSuf = 12551138
The Thyroarytenoid is a broad, thin, muscle which lies parallel with and lateral to the vocal fold, and supports the wall of the ventricle and its appendix.

Origin and insertion

It arises in front from the lower half of the angle of the thyroid cartilage, and from the middle cricothyroid ligament.

Its fibers pass backward and lateralward, to be inserted into the base and anterior surface of the arytenoid cartilage.

Parts of thyroarytenoid

The lower and deeper fibers of the muscle can be differentiated as a triangular band which is inserted into the vocal process of the arytenoid cartilage, and into the adjacent portion of its anterior surface; it is termed the "Vocalis", and lies parallel with the vocal ligament, to which it is adherent. [eMedicineDictionary|Vocalis+muscle]

A considerable number of the fibers of the Thyreoarytænoideus are prolonged into the aryepiglottic fold, where some of them become lost, while others are continued to the margin of the epiglottis. They have received a distinctive name, "Thyreoepiglotticus" or "Thyroepiglottic", and are sometimes described as a separate muscle. [eMedicineDictionary|Thyroepiglottic+muscle]

A few fibers extend along the wall of the ventricle from the lateral wall of the arytenoid cartilage to the side of the epiglottis and constitute the "Ventricularis" muscle.


The Thyreoarytœnoidei, consisting of two parts having different attachments and different directions, are rather complicated as regards their action.

Their main use is to draw the arytenoid cartilages forward toward the thyroid, and thus relax and shorten the vocal folds.

But, owing to the connection of the deeper portion with the vocal fold, this part, if acting separately, is supposed to modify its elasticity and tension, while the lateral portion rotates the arytenoid cartilage inward, and thus narrows the rima glottidis by bringing the two vocal folds together.



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