vocal cords

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


Origin:
1850–55

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vocal cords
 
pl n
See also glottis 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 themRelated: glottal
 
Related: glottal

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vocal cords   (vō'kəl)  Pronunciation Key 
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 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.

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Example sentences
In vocal cord paresis, one or both of the vocal cords are unable to move.
Locals say that they also cut out the vocal cords of a singer who had warbled
  improvised anti-regime ditties in previous weeks.
Freedom after three years of isolation has taken its toll on his vocal cords.
At the last moment, the anesthesiologist managed to slip a tube through the
  vocal cords and reestablish oxygen flow to the heart.
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