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true vocal cords

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plural noun Anatomy.
  1. the lower pair of vocal cords, the edges of which can be made to tense and relax by the passage of air from the lungs, thus producing vocal sound.
Also called vocal folds.
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British Dictionary definitions for vocal folds

vocal folds

pl n
  1. See vocal cords
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