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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.
Origin of vocal cords
1850-1855
1850-55
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  • This action involves, as a necessary consequence, the holding back by the vocal cords of the out-rushing air.

    The Psychology of Singing David C. Taylor
  • I believe I have a demon that inhabits my vocal cords upon occasion.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • It is often, though not always, associated with a fall in the pitch, showing relaxation of the vocal cords.

  • Nevertheless, the pathos was apparently merely a matter of the vocal cords.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • The vocal cords are voice-organs; that is, man only truly speaks, yet the lower animals have voice.

  • The vocal cords grow longer and lower the pitch of the voice.

    Sex Henry Stanton
  • The vocal cords, which we cannot feel, now approach very near each other.

    How to Sing Lilli Lehmann
British Dictionary definitions for vocal cords

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 related adjective glottal
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vocal cords in Science
vocal cords
  (vō'kəl)   
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 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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