- rapid, periodic opening and closing of the glottis through separation and apposition of the vocal cords that, accompanied by breath under lung pressure, constitutes a source of vocal sound.
- (not in technical use) voice; vocalization.Compare voice(defs 15, 16).
Origin of phonation
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Examples from the Web for phonation
He has also a tic of phonation dating back to his fifteenth year.
Tics of phonation are often superadded to the gesticulations of variable chorea.
Phonation and respiration are implicated as well as articulation.
But the vocal cords are wedded in phonation, and by their attrition the node is formed.The Voice
Frank E. Miller
The whole larynx, so far as phonation is concerned, may be said to exist for the true vocal bands.Voice Production in Singing and Speaking
- The utterance of sounds through the use of the vocal cords; vocalization.
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