[foh-ney-shuh n]
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noun Phonetics.
  1. 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.
  2. (not in technical use) voice; vocalization.Compare voice(defs 15, 16).

Origin of phonation

First recorded in 1835–45; phon- + -ation
Related formspho·na·to·ry [foh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈfoʊ nəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. The utterance of sounds through the use of the vocal cords; vocalization.
Related formsphona•to′ry (nə-tôr′ē) adj.
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