vocal cords

plural noun

Definition of vocal cords

: either of two pairs of folds of mucous membranes that project into the cavity of the larynx and have free edges extending dorsoventrally toward the middle line

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But their brains still send speech signals to the vocal cords and the 100-plus muscles involved in speaking. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "This Device Can Hear the Voice Inside Your Head," 5 Aug. 2019 The elder Pillman battled throat cancer, spending most of his youth in the hospital undergoing operations that mangled his vocal cords. Drake Kizer, Cincinnati.com, "Picking up the pieces: Brian Pillman's son chasing dad's legacy in professional wrestling," 19 July 2019 But certainly, instead of taking Harbaugh’s words in stride, or even acknowledging them as accuracy from one of the game’s more bombastic sets of vocal cords, let’s drum them up as controversy. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "There Is Nothing Remotely Controversial About Jim Harbaugh's Urban Meyer Comments," 19 July 2019 That’s why the decision to bring Simmons back — after plenty of time to rest his vocal cords for all that screaming — was such a genius move by director Jon Watts. David Betancourt, Washington Post, "Spider-Man’s greatest nemesis is in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ — but it isn’t Mysterio," 5 July 2019 Their contentment carried on until the fall of 2002, when Becky was diagnosed with cancer of the supraglottis, the upper part of the larynx just above the vocal cords. Ann Neumann, Harper's magazine, "Going to Extremes," 10 June 2019 Other patients may opt for Botox injections into the vocal cord (through the neck), which weakens the muscles and prevents them from spasming so tightly. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Selma Blair Reveals Her MS Led to Spasmodic Dysphonia," 27 Feb. 2019 The next year, a specialist did vocal cord implant surgery on Amy, and her voice returned. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "How One Woman Is Using Art to Give a Voice to Those With Disabilities," 4 Dec. 2018 Large dermoid cysts found in the neck, for instance, could put pressure on nearby structures in the throat, like the vocal cords or trachea, causing voice changes or trouble breathing or swallowing, according to Dr. Georgopoulos. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Did You Know Dermoid Cysts Can Have Hair, Skin, and TEETH?," 15 Jan. 2019

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1757, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of vocal cords

: the thin pieces of folded tissue in your throat that help you to make sounds with your voice

vocal cords

noun plural

Kids Definition of vocal cords

: a pair of folds of tissue that extend across the inside of the larynx and that produce the voice when air exhaled from the lungs causes them to tighten and vibrate

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