true vocal cords
plural noun Anatomy.
the lower pair of vocal cords, the edges of which can be made to tense and relax by the passage of air from the lungs, thus producing vocal sound.
What’s Vocal Fry Really All About?As wonderful as it is that the mass media is paying attention to phonetics, much of what is said about vocal fry is not, strictly speaking, true. This particular quality of speech has been around since humans could produce language. It's not damaging to your vocal cords, and it's used by everyone—men and women alike.
Also called vocal folds.
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British Dictionary definitions for vocal folds
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