Medical Dictionary

vocal cord


Medical Definition of VOCAL CORD

vocal cords pl :  either of two pairs of folds of mucous membrane of which each member of each pair stretches from the thyroid cartilage in front to the arytenoid cartilage in back, contains a band of fibrous or elastic tissue, and has a free edge projecting into the cavity of the larynx toward the contralateral member of the same pair forming a cleft which can be opened or closed: a :  false vocal cords b :  true vocal cords

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