[ 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).

Nearby words

  1. phon.,
  2. phonal,
  3. phonasthenia,
  4. phonate,
  5. phonathon,
  6. phonatory,
  7. phone,
  8. phone book,
  9. phone card,
  10. phone hacking

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. 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 formsphona•to′ry (nə-tôr′ē) adj.

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