vocal cords

plural noun
Updated on: 29 Dec 2017

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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First Known Use of vocal cords

1852


VOCAL CORDS Defined for English Language Learners

vocal cords

noun

Definition of vocal cords for English Language Learners

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


VOCAL CORDS Defined for Kids

vocal cords

noun plural

Definition of vocal cords for Students

: 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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