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Why is it called an adam's apple?

Adam's Apple

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Hi Vijin. The second question is not really relevant to the first. –  Matt Эллен Mar 11 '12 at 10:14
    
@MattЭллен,Can i ask that as a separate question.is it worth? –  Vijin Paulraj Mar 11 '12 at 10:41
    
The second question is not a good style of question for Stack Exchange, as it just requests a list. I can't think of a way to write the question so it has a single definitive answer. It would be better to find a website about the body and ask there. –  Matt Эллен Mar 11 '12 at 11:07

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Adam’s apple was used to describe an actual fruit before it was used to describe the lump that men have in their throats. That first occurs in 1625 with the explanation:

They call a man Adam, from our first father Adam, whose wife tempted with the forbidden fruit,‥but as her husband swallowed it, the Hand of God stopped it in his throat, whence a Man hath a Bunch there, which women haue not, called by them Adams apple.

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+1 for mentioned the yr. –  Vijin Paulraj Mar 11 '12 at 9:50

Personally, I've only ever heard one explanation: according to legend, when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the Bible (an "apple") a piece became lodged in his throat; so, Adam's apple. When the legend originated is somewhat of a mystery.

The technical term for the Adam's apple is laryngeal prominence.

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Hm, I always thought the technical term was thyroid cartilage. –  phoog Mar 27 '12 at 0:17
    
@phoog I believe that that is another accepted term for it as well. –  Mahnax Mar 27 '12 at 0:18

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