Adam's Apple

Adam's Apple

The Adam's apple (derived from the forbidden fruit in the biblical account of Adam and Eve), technically known as the laryngeal prominence, is a feature of the human neck. This lump, or protrusion, is formed by the angle of the thyroid cartilage surrounding the larynx and is more pronounced in the male.

About Adam's Apple

The Adam's apple, technically known as the laryngeal prominence, is a feature of the human neck. This lump, or protrusion, is formed by the angle of the thyroid cartilage surrounding the larynx. The term 'Adam's Apple' is derived from the forbidden fruit in the biblical account of the lives of Adam and Eve (the specific type of fruit of which they partook, however, is not mentioned in the Genesis account) and refers to the prominence of the lump in males (hence, Adam) more than females. The laryngeal prominence is usually more prominent in adult men than in women or prepubescent children. The growth of the larynx itself, and dropping of the vocal box during puberty is responsible for the vocal instability in teenage boys. The laryngeal prominence is merely the protrusion one sees of the thyroid cartilage making up the body of the larynx. The laryngeal prominence is usually more prominent in adult males because the thyroid cartilage elongates during puberty.

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