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[foh-ney-shuh n]
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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Examples from the Web for phonatory

Historical Examples of phonatory

  • 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


  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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