vocal cords

plural noun

: 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 In March 2022, a doctor in Philadelphia explained that one of my vocal cords was atrophying. Michael Snyder, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2024 Sting is also a mimic, able to copy Charlotte’s whistle, even though, as the slightly creepy would-be scientist living upstairs tells her, spiders don’t have vocal cords. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2024 The rock group’s tour launched early last September, but was quickly put on hold after frontman Steven Tyler injured his vocal cords. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024 Where the throat met his chest, the quarter had turned and aligned vertically in his airway, allowing air to pass, but was stuck between his vocal cords and trachea, according to the case report. Irene Wright, Sacramento Bee, 9 Apr. 2024 Keys herself canceled shows in 2008, near the peak of her popularity on the charts, because of swollen vocal cords. Marc Hogan, The Atlantic, 1 Mar. 2024 One of the most common treatments for the disorder is injecting Botox into the muscles that bring the vocal cords together. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 She’s insured her vocal cords and legs for a cool $70 million! Alex Kessler, Vogue, 27 Mar. 2024 The frontman is still recovering from reconstructive surgery on his vocal cords, Jon recently told Boston’s Mix 104.1 radio station. Madeleine Marr, Miami Herald, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1757, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vocal cords was in 1757

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“Vocal cords.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocal%20cords. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

vocal cords

noun plural
: either of two pairs of elastic folds of tissue in the larynx of which the lower pair produce the voice when air exhaled from the lungs causes them to vibrate

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