vocal folds

plural noun

: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Humans vocalize by forcing air over the various structures of the vocal tract, including vocal folds, tongue and lips. Patrick Traynor, The Conversation, 20 Sep. 2022 The vocal folds are short and thick and create a slow vibration. Erica Tobolski, The Conversation, 29 Apr. 2022 Three distinct subsystems are involved in vocal production: the larynx, or voice box, which houses the vocal folds; the lungs and diaphragm in breathing; and areas where sounds resonate, or the vocal tract. Erica Tobolski, The Conversation, 29 Apr. 2022 Fish don’t have specialized vocal cords, larynxes or vocal folds. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Hoarseness is usually a symptom of problems in the vocal folds of your larynx, aka your voice box. Korin Miller, Health.com, 4 Nov. 2021 There are two major joints that open and close the vocal folds. Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 There's five different types of tissue in the vocal folds. Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 One called a pitch glide stretches and shortens the vocal folds. Star Tribune, 21 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 9 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

vocal folds

noun plural
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