phonation

[foh-ney-shuhn]
noun Phonetics.
1.
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.
2.
(not in technical use) voice; vocalization. Compare voice ( defs 15, 16 ).

Origin:
1835–45; phon- + -ation

phonatory [foh-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
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phonate (fəʊˈneɪt)
 
vb
(intr) to articulate speech sounds, esp to cause the vocal cords to vibrate in the execution of a voiced speech sound
 
[C19: from Greek phōnē voice]
 
pho'nation
 
n
 
phonatory
 
adj

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phonation pho·na·tion (fō-nā'shən)
n.
The utterance of sounds through the use of the vocal cords; vocalization.


pho'na·to'ry (fō'nə-tôr'ē) adj.
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The phonation of a consonant is how the vocal cords vibrate during the articulation.
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