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

Examples of vocal cords in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 33-year-old singer-songwriter said in an emotional Instagram post that she's been grappling with nodules on her vocal cords for about five months. Korin Miller, Health.com, 21 June 2021 Evidence is also mounting that the virus infiltrates and damages not just the lungs and the heart, and possibly the vagus nerve, but also the brain, vocal cords, esophagus, and more. Meghan O'rourke, The Atlantic, 8 Mar. 2021 Mayo has approval for a procedure in which doctors scan a patient's voice box before any vocal cords are removed. AZCentral.com, 13 June 2021 Patton Oswalt is really working his vocal cords in his newest show. Anne Easton, Forbes, 20 May 2021 But the Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter also makes sure to pamper her vocal cords, by steaming, drinking tea, and staying hydrated. Dua Lipa, refinery29.com, 10 May 2021 This isn’t the first time the diminutive singer with the super-sized vocal cords has spoken out through her performances. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2021 According to media reports, Qashoush was a protest singer from Hama who had his throat cut and his vocal cords ripped out by government agents in 2011. James Harkin, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 Bark-correction collars are designed to emit a shock when your dog's vocal cords vibrate — and attempt to start to bark — to prevent them from barking. Lauren Farrell, chicagotribune.com, 17 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of vocal cords

1757, in the meaning defined above

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“Vocal cords.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocal%20cords. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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