vocal folds

plural noun

Definition of vocal folds

: the lower pair of vocal cords each of which when drawn taut, approximated to the contralateral member of the pair, and subjected to a flow of breath produces the voice

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Recent Examples on the Web The other half flutters at the base of the tract: the vocal folds, also known as cords or reeds. Ben Guarino, Anchorage Daily News, "A 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy speaks again, with high-tech help," 24 Jan. 2020 In Howard’s apparatus, the loudspeaker acted as both lungs and vocal folds, approximating the pitch produced by a typical adult male’s body. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American, "3-D Printing Gives Voice to a 3,000-Year-Old Mummy," 23 Jan. 2020 From the baboon’s larynx and vocal folds, which is high up and close to their chin line, there’s just a short step up through the cavity called the pharynx, then a long way out the horizontal oral cavity. Louis-jean Boë, The Conversation, "Examining how primates make vowel sounds pushes timeline for speech evolution back by 27 million years," 11 Dec. 2019 Doctors diagnosed her with paresis of the vocal folds, a muscular dysfunction. New York Times, "After Trauma, a Silenced Vocalist Sings Again," 21 Nov. 2019 Unlike most species that have triangular vocal folds, lions and tigers were found to have flat, square folds that are around one inch thick. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Ten Things We’ve Learned About Lions Since Disney’s Original ‘The Lion King’," 19 July 2019 The length of your vocal tract depends mostly on physiology: Women’s vocal folds tend to be higher up, so their tracts are shorter. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, "A Linguist Explains Why 'Laurel' Sounds Like 'Yanny'," 15 May 2018 When it’s not being shifted around via computer program, the pitch of your voice depends on how thick and how tense your vocal folds are. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, "A Linguist Explains Why 'Laurel' Sounds Like 'Yanny'," 15 May 2018 Researchers now think a pad of elastic tissue on the vocal folds, present only in roarers, explains the different vocalizations. Elisa Neckar, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Big Cats," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of vocal folds

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Vocal folds.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vocal%20folds. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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vocal folds

noun plural

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