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vocal cords

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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Examples from the web for vocal cords
  • 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.
  • They sounded as if they had ripped up their vocal cords by popping steroids.
  • Her vocal cords have been cut to keep her from making any more trouble.
  • Vocal know-how and physical health cannot compensate for the inevitable aging of the vocal cords.
  • When you talk, your vocal cords tighten and move closer together.
British Dictionary definitions for vocal cords

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
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vocal cords 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 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
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