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[foh-ney-shuh n] /foʊˈneɪ ʃən/
noun, Phonetics.
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
First recorded in 1835-45; phon- + -ation
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[foh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈfoʊ nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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.

  • Of course, in phonation the vocal bands are never so much separated as shown in the illustrations.

  • The crico-thyroid may be considered the most important muscle of phonation, because it is so much used and so effective.

  • We would again urge that in every instance of phonation in either speaker or singer, the breath be taken through the open mouth.

  • The spiritus asper is caused by a too slow contraction of the vocal cords and their too gradual approach for phonation.

    The Voice Frank E. Miller
  • In reality, however, the paralysis does not lie in the cords themselves, but in the leading muscles that control in phonation.

    The Voice Frank E. Miller
phonation in Medicine

phonation pho·na·tion (fō-nā'shən)
The utterance of sounds through the use of the vocal cords; vocalization.

pho'na·to'ry (fō'nə-tôr'ē) adj.
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