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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
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  • The tonsils are phonatory or vocal organs and play an important part in the mechanism of speech and song.

    Valere Aude Louis Dechmann
phonatory 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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