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vocal cords

plural noun, Anatomy
either of the two pairs of folds of mucous membrane projecting into the cavity of the larynx.
Origin of vocal cords
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Even then, the student is no better able to control the vocal cord action than when profoundly ignorant of the whole matter.

    The Psychology of Singing David C. Taylor
  • It has been shown that it is not possible to move one vocal cord without the other at the same time executing the same movement.

    The Child-Voice in Singing Francis E. Howard
  • This œdema appears on the edge of the vocal cord, as a slight tumor or swelling filled with water.

    The Voice Frank E. Miller
  • He proves that changes in tone quality result from changes in vocal cord adjustment.

    The Psychology of Singing David C. Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for vocal cord

vocal cords

plural noun
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 related adjective glottal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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vocal cord in Medicine

vocal cord n.
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. Also called true vocal cord, vocal fold.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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vocal cord in Science
vocal cords
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 cord in Culture

vocal cords definition

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

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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