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[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).
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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
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Historical Examples

  • He has also a tic of phonation dating back to his fifteenth year.

    Tics and Their Treatment

    Henry Meigne

  • 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.

phonation in Medicine


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