- 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
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The tonsils are phonatory or vocal organs and play an important part in the mechanism of speech and song.Valere Aude
- The utterance of sounds through the use of the vocal cords; vocalization.
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