>>Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary:
>>Main Entry: lar*ynx
>>plural la*ryn*ges /l - rin-( )j z /; or lar*ynx*es
>OED 2nd ed.:
>Larynx /Anat./ Pl. larynges
The adjective would be laryngeal so the plural of the noun is larynges
as the OED says.
Larynxes is just a lazy Anglicisation stemming from an inherent lack of
understanding of an English grammar - I think because we don't teach
latin in schools anymore - Latin may be a dead language but it tells us
so much about how language works, especially the slightly crazy
construction of English, that its invaluable.
I didn't get to learn Latin at school and wish I had. Learning other
languages is much harder if you first have to learn what the Preterit
and the Pluperfect tenses are in English before you can understand verb
Fortunately learning and later teaching anatomy and anthropology means I
had to have a crash course in Latin.