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vocal cords

plural noun

, Anatomy.
  1. either of the two pairs of folds of mucous membrane projecting into the cavity of the larynx.


vocal cords

plural noun

  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 them See also glottis glottal


vocal cords

/ kəl /

  1. The two folded pairs of membranes in the larynx (voice box) that vibrate when air that is exhaled passes through them, producing sound.


vocal cords

  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of vocal cords1

First recorded in 1850–55

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Example Sentences

I ended up developing a blister on one of my vocal cords, so that kinda sucked.

As this viral video shows, your vocal cords can apparently be a weapon.

There are many guts strewn throughout this record; with torn and frayed vocal cords, they are all too human.

“People see all the glitter and stage stuff, and they forget that vocal cords are just muscles,” Septien said.

When we start eating these guinea fowl I am going to dissect one to find out what its vocal cords are made of.

But both for the attachment of the muscles and the vocal cords themselves solid, relatively hard structures are required.

Diagram showing action of crico-thyroid muscle, stretching of the vocal cords, and lengthening of them.

So long as the expiratory pressure is steadily maintained, this tone may be held, and yet no strain is imposed on the vocal cords.

What the vocal student wishes to know is how to cause the vocal cords to assume the correct position for each register.

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