[ foh-ney-shuh n ]
/ foʊˈneɪ ʃən /

noun Phonetics.

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.
(not in technical use) voice; vocalization.Compare voice(defs 15, 16).

Origin of phonation

First recorded in 1835–45; phon- + -ation

Related forms

pho·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. 2019

Examples from the Web for phonatory

  • The tonsils are phonatory or vocal organs and play an important part in the mechanism of speech and song.

    Valere Aude|Louis Dechmann

Medicine definitions for phonatory


[ fō-nāshən ]


The utterance of sounds through the use of the vocal cords; vocalization.

Related forms

phona•to′ry (nə-tôr′ē) adj.
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