plural noun Anatomy.
either of the two pairs of folds of mucous membrane projecting into the cavity of the larynx.
Words nearby vocal cords
Origin of vocal cords
First recorded in 1850–55
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British Dictionary definitions for vocal cord
either of two pairs of mucomembranous folds in the larynx. The upper pair (false vocal cords) are not concerned with vocal production; the lower pair (true vocal cords or vocal folds) can be made to vibrate and produce sound when air from the lungs is forced over themSee also glottis Related adjective: glottal
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Medicine definitions for vocal cord
The sharp edge of a fold of mucous membrane stretching along either wall of the larynx from the angle between the laminae of the thyroid cartilage to the vocal process of the arytenoid cartilage. Vibrations of these cords are used in voice production.true vocal cord vocal fold
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Science definitions for vocal cord
[ vō′kəl ]
The two folded pairs of membranes in the larynx (voice box) that vibrate when air that is exhaled passes through them, producing sound.
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Culture definitions for vocal cord
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