What is our Adam's Apple made of?throat

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dano7744 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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The Adam's apple in the anterior throat is composed of cartilage. Anatomically, it is called the laryngeal prominence, it is the protrusion of the thyroid cartilage. It serves as a protective structure to the larynx (voicebox). The larynx contains the vocal cords.

Both men and women have an Adam's apple, it is just more pronounced in men. The size of the structure is due to hormonal influences in the respective genders.

Goiter is enlargement of this area of the neck and signifies a thyroid problem. If this area of the neck is large or painful  one should consult their physician.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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The "Adams Apple" is due to a forward protrusion of the thyroid cartilage which is the largest and most prominent cartilage of the larynx.

In males, it is common for the thyroid cartilage to enlarge during adolescence and it is considered to be a secondary sexual characteristic.

It is thought that the reason this piece of cartilage was given its name "the Adams Apple" is because of the biblical story of Adam and Eve. Supposedly, a piece of an apple (the forbidden fruit) got stuck in Adam's throat and created this lump in the throat.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The Adam's Apple is more technically known as the "laryngeal prominence."  This shows us that it is really made of our larynx, which is often called our voice box.

The larynx itself is made of cartilage.  So I suppose that the best answer to your question is to say that the Adam's Apple is made from cartilage.  This is the same substance that gives the shape to your nose and your ears.

Not everyone has a prominent Adam's Apple.  In general, they are much more common among men who have already gone through puberty.


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lit24 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The anatomical description of the 'Adam's Apple' would be a 'laryngeal protuberance of the thyroid cartilage.' The larynx of course is the voice box.

It is made up of cartilage which is a stiff and inflexible sort of  connective tissue.

You could describe cartilage as something between bone and muscle -- not as rigid as bone and at the same time not as flexible as muscle.

The popular story behind the 'Adam's Apple' is that Adam was interrupted by God when he was eating the apple given to him by Eve and that a portion of the apple got stuck in his throat and hence the protuberance.

At puberty the larynx only in the male gets enlarged and becomes prominent. There is no change in the size of the larynx in the female at the time of puberty. Hence the larynx or the 'Adam's Apple' of the adult male appears more prominent than that of the female's.

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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Contrary to people's beliefs, both, men and women, have the so-called Adam's apple.

The Adam's apple is a cartilage surrounding the larynx. It is more prominent at men because their vocal cords are wider.

The Adam's apple is of no help. As we say about cartilages in ears or nose, we can also say that it is there. Some men with an apple too big, they were able to "cut" it, without adverse effects.

Women can find Adam's apple as an ally. It becomes lively when men eat, as well as when they are nervous or they are lying.

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