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vocal cords

plural noun, Anatomy.
either of the two pairs of folds of mucous membrane projecting into the cavity of the larynx.
Origin of vocal cords
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I believe I have a demon that inhabits my vocal cords upon occasion.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • Nevertheless, the pathos was apparently merely a matter of the vocal cords.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • If the vocal cords of your throat did not vibrate, you could not talk out loud.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • He spoke with great difficulty, from the long disuse of vocal cords.

    Life Sentence James McConnell
  • It appears that her vocal cords have been burnt by the acid.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • The vocal cords grow longer and lower the pitch of the voice.

    Sex Henry Stanton
  • The point of resistance is located just above the vocal cords.

    The Psychology of Singing

    David C. Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for vocal cords

vocal cords

plural noun
either of two pairs of mucomembranous folds in the larynx. The upper pair (false vocal cords) are not concerned with vocal production; the lower pair (true vocal cords or vocal folds) can be made to vibrate and produce sound when air from the lungs is forced over them See also glottis related adjective glottal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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vocal cords in Science
vocal cords
The two folded pairs of membranes in the larynx (voice box) that vibrate when air that is exhaled passes through them, producing sound.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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vocal cords in Culture

vocal cords definition

Two folds of tissue located in the larynx that vibrate when air passes over them, producing the sound waves associated with talking and singing.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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