What is the Adam's
According to the links in the Lukol Anatomy
category the big bump jutting out from the throats of most men is really
a part of the larynx or voice box. When boys go through puberty, hormones
cause the larynx to grow rapidly, deepening their voices and causing the
bulge to form. Girls' voices also deepen with puberty, but since their larynxes
don't tend to grow as much, they don't usually develop an "Eve's
We learned the protrusion is actually composed
of thyroid cartilage. Your larynx is surrounded by a skeleton of cartilage
plates that prevents it from collapsing. The Adam's apple, properly called
the prominentia laryngea, is the central ridge where two plates of cartilage
Technically speaking, the Adam's apple doesn't
really "do" anything. In fact, some folks consider the bobbing bump an eyesore
and undergo cosmetic surgery to make it less prominent. The procedure is
called a trachea shave and is typically performed on men who either want
to reduce an uncommonly large Adam's apple or who want to make the bump
completely invisible after a gender reassignment.
It is usually said that Adam's apple takes its
name from the biblical story about Adam, Eve. the serpent and the apple.
A piece of the forbidden fruit stuck in Adam's throat and created the anatomic
Adam's apple. So the story goes. However, it may be wrong.
Adam's apple in Latin is "pomum Adami." This
may have been a mistranslation of the Hebrew "tappuach ha adam" which also
means male bump. Between Latin and English there's many a