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vocal cords

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plural noun Anatomy.
  1. either of the two pairs of folds of mucous membrane projecting into the cavity of the larynx.
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Origin of vocal cords

First recorded in 1850–55
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British Dictionary definitions for vocal cords

vocal cords

pl n
  1. 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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vocal cords in Science

vocal cords

[vōkəl]
  1. 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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vocal cords in Culture

vocal cords

Two folds of tissue located in the larynx that vibrate when air passes over them, producing the sound waves associated with talking and singing.

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